Public education in the United States is a huge enterprise that touches the lives of most teenagers and their families. According to the Department of Education, rising immigration and the baby boom echo are boosting school enrollment. This chapter highlights full-service community schools. The approach is to transform schools into new kinds of community institutions, operated by partners who can bring in health and mental health services, educational enrichment, parenting education, and whatever else is needed in that situation to improve the odds for academic achievement. University Park Campus School is offered as an example of a school that shows promise; it demonstrates that very high-risk children can achieve at very high levels if they are given intense individual attention by well-qualified and dedicated teachers. This chapter also reviews curricula that address social and emotional development, learning about oneself through the study of history, making responsible choices, contributing to community well-being, and selecting appropriate career paths. These school-based interventions are strongly rooted in an intellectual understanding of youth development.
Keywords: United States, teenagers, education, community schools, school enrollment, University Park Campus School, high-risk children, academic achievement, school-based interventions, youth development
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