High School with No Walls: iZone Academy

Source: WSJ, Dec 2013

New York City is planning to open a new high school next year—but it won’t have a gym, library, science lab or even a math classroom.

The city wants to open a so-called school without walls, one where students would take courses that combine online and classroom learning, while giving them more time for internships.

If it goes as planned, the initial class in fall 2014 would be open to 50 to 100 students. Unlike some of the city’s selective schools, students won’t need to submit portfolios or test results to get in. “Students will be able to experience, live and learn throughout the city,” said David Weiner, deputy chancellor for talent, labor and innovation.


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