(from Greek σχολεῖον
) is an institution
designed to allow and encourage students
(or "pupils") to learn, under the supervision of teachers
. Most countries have systems of formal education
, which is commonly compulsory
. In these systems, students often progress through a series of schools: primary school
, secondary school
, and possibly a university
, vocational school
or a college
. There are also non-governmental schools, called private or independent schools
. A school may be dedicated to a particular field, such as a school of economics or a school of dance. Alternative schools
and democratic education
may provide nontraditional methods and curriculum, or no curriculum, as it were. In homeschooling
and online schools
, teaching and learning take place outside of a traditional school building. The use of the term school varies by country, as do the names of the various levels of education within the country.
Benjamin Franklin High School
is a public magnet high school
in New Orleans
. The school was founded in 1957 and moved to its current location in 1990. Ben Franklin is adjacent to the campus of the University of New Orleans
(UNO) in the Lakeview
district of Orleans Parish
, near Lake Pontchartrain
. Like the southern buildings of UNO and most of the schools in Orleans Parish
, Ben Franklin suffered several feet of flood damage from Hurricane Katrina
. The school was closed before the storm hit on August 29, 2005, and remained closed for several months. School administration, faculty, parents, students, alumni, and volunteers participated in a massive cleanup effort, without funding from and independent of the Orleans Parish School Board.
Ben Franklin has a selective admissions process and is known for the academic performance of its students. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School twice by the U.S. Department of Education, and according to Newsweek is the highest-ranked secondary school in the state of Louisiana both before and after Katrina. In 2007, Ben Franklin was listed as one of 21 "public elite" schools on Newsweek's "Best High Schools in America" list. The class of 2008 produced 17 National Achievement semifinalists, the most of any school in the United States.
- ... that after 175 years in operation the Red Brick School, one of the oldest single room school houses in the U.S., closed in 2008?