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Students who've earned time in the Wilkerson Middle School game room enjoy themselves
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Urban Birmingham School Excels Despite Odds

It’s no secret that Birmingham’s public schools are struggling. But a middle school with more than 90 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch is consistently defying expectations on the most objective measure we have: standardized tests. How? What’s going on here? A reporter who went to and taught in a similar school system goes to the source and finds out.

At Georgia’s First STEM-Certified School, Elementary Schoolers Become Engineers
Audio / Georgia / Making The Grade / science / STEM

At Georgia’s First STEM-Certified School, Elementary Schoolers Become Engineers

For the first time, Georgia is awarding certification to schools with top-notch science, technology, engineering and math programs. Take a tour of the first school in the state to win the stamp of approval.

Fort Payne HS Represents Ala. In Real World Design Challenge
Alabama / Making The Grade / Video

Fort Payne HS Represents Ala. In Real World Design Challenge

Students from Fort Payne High School are officially headed to Washington D.C.— to represent Alabama in the Real World Design Challenge and to hopefully, bring home a trophy. The Real World Design Challenge is an aerospace and engineering design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students.

Autistic Students in Louisiana Benefit from Gardening
Louisiana / Making The Grade

Autistic Students in Louisiana Benefit from Gardening

Autistic children at a school in northeast Louisiana are reaping benefits from a vegetable garden. Students are overcoming reluctance to experiencing unfamiliar situations. The program also appears to be helping the children with their school work.

Fifteen-year-old Arile Hippen makes the most of science class
Audio / Louisiana / Making The Grade

Louisiana Student Garners Rare Top ACT Score

A fifteen-year-old high school student from Louisiana has achieved the best possible ACT college admission test score of 36. Ariel Hippen says the key to her success is relentless study. And while educators say the rare top score indicates probable success in university, there are no guarantees.

Unique Youth Acting Group Learning, Teaching Tough Lessons with Shakespeare
Alabama / Audio / Making The Grade

Unique Youth Acting Group Learning, Teaching Tough Lessons with Shakespeare

“Bards of Birmingham” production not appropriate for its youngest cast member.

A Factory That Keeps Kids In School
Georgia / Making The Grade

A Factory That Keeps Kids In School

An hour outside of Atlanta, a unique partnership between the school district and a manufacturer is giving students jobs so long as they stay in school.

A Banker in Every Classroom
Making The Grade / Mississippi

A Banker in Every Classroom

Barbour says personal finance lessons for K-12.