George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Whitfield Career Academy And North Whitfield Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Dalton, GA

Adapting Project-Based Learning in Rural Georgia

In their second year of shifting to High Tech High-style project-based learning, two Whitfield County Schools share their advice, and lessons they've learned through their efforts.
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What This School Is Achieving


Five middle schools and one high school in the Whitfield County, Georgia school district are in their second year of a transition to project-based learning. Their model is High Tech High, a San Diego charter school renowned for its hands-on student projects that have real-world impact.

Whitfield educators have taken big risks, tried things that failed, and then improved their work based on those mistakes. They're still learning. Yet they've also succeeded in making a huge transition in a short time.

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