Recent findings presented by the NPR have found that students in the public school system in NYC have higher success rates as far as graduating and college admissions go. The multi-year study found the following rates between the test and control groups: --The proportion of students who graduated from these high schools in four years and enrolled the next year in a post-secondary institution was 8.4% higher than in the control group, 49& -- 11.3% college enrollment by black males, a 36% increase over the control. -- Lower cost / graduate: 14 to 16% lower Still, there are questions to be asked: were the higher success rates simply based on size? I think not: even though these rates came out of students grades with less than 100 people per grade, the schools involved in the study were set up in a specific way, and were also schools receiving funding from outside sources. It is the overall environment--the attitude, the size, the funding, etc.--that led to these results, not just the size. Small high schools comprised of students with similar educational needs and goals will be much more successful than small high schools where the students are randomly assigned, with no basis for planning course offerings or forming a community: let's hope that in the future of education, we can plan small school education in a successful way!