UNC, New Schools, Gates partner on K-12

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina system and the N.C. New Schools Project, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, plan to transform four high schools into “learning laboratories.”

The New Schools Project supports 86 high schools in North Carolina that are experimenting with innovative instruction and student support.

Four of these schools will be chosen to pair with universities in the UNC system with the goal of developing model programs that can serve as examples of best practices that help students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for college or the workforce.

With $2.5 million in funding from the Gates Foundation, the schools are expected to be ready within two years to accept visitors, who then will take the models and best practices they witness back to their own schools.

The model schools will receive additional support from the New Schools Project, including supplemental training for teachers and principals.

Two of the chosen schools will be redesigned to become comprehensive high schools, while the other two will become “Learn and Earn” schools housed on college campuses that allow students to graduate with a diploma as well as up to two years of college credit.

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