A Rhode Island school ranks low in test scores, high in communication with students and families. It's worth a read. Here's an excerpt:
"When a kid leaves my school," he wrote in the book, "I want her to have the basic life skills that will help her get along in the adult world -- like knowing how to act in a meeting or how to keep her life and work organized." Those skills, he noted, are "basic stuff that too many schools forget in their rush to cram in three sciences, three social studies, four maths and so on."