Innovation is a creative approach to solving an entrenched and difficult problem

It’s no mystery what the problem is: In American education, we use certain achievement benchmarks to ensure that kids are really learning in school. These include things like graduation rates, standardized test scores, and college acceptance and completion.

In New York State the average graduation rate in 2008-2009 was 72%. For Latino students, however, that number dropped to 51.8% and for African American males it was 28%. For English Language Learners it was 39.7% and of the students with disabilities only 24.7% graduated high school.

In communities like East Harlem – where a high percentage of students have learning disabilities, struggle with literacy, and are English Language Learners – are hard hit by these statistics. Innovation High School provides a creative approach to the educational problems that many of our students face.