One of the biggest problems was quality of scale and getting people on board with a new system. We don't really have an answer for how to solve it yet, because we are still in the process of changing, but it's vital to have good administration and the support of both teachers and parents. Also, it's important to make sure that key players understand the benefit of the change and that they are backing you in your efforts.
Ballou High School offers a myriad of academic programs that allow students to explore and reach their maximum potential. These programs include honors and AP courses, grade-level Academies, an Arts and Technology Academy for students with special needs, and the 21st Century Community Learning Center. We also offer the AVID program and school-wide advisory for students. More than 10 percent of graduating seniors are selected for the Achievers Scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The 2010 Valedictorian was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship and the 2009 Salutatorian was a White House Scholar. Ballou students also benefit from more than 50 partnerships with national and community organizations.
Contact: John Rice
Ballou High School
3401 4th St SE
Washington, District of Columbia