Latino students attending large urban schools are facing learning environments that are dramatically substandard. Well-designed small high schools are capable of providing invaluable learning opportunities to low income, urban minority students. Based on a series of interviews and a comprehensive questionnaire, this article explains how Latino students attending a small high school in California view their school and teachers. Their perceptions of students with different ethnicities as well as their aspirations for higher education are also presented. Students are satisfied with their schooling experience and describe their teachers as hard working and caring. Students also emphasize that they trust the school to do the best for them. Latino students note that they have made friends with students from different ethnic backgrounds. Latino students not only have very high educational aspirations but also indicate that their parents encourage them to pursue higher education.
|Keywords:||Educational Reform, Small Schools, Latinos, Schooling Experience|
Department of Elementary Education, School of Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA
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