Wikipedia:All high schools can be notable

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Most high schools[note 1] can be notable; however, many articles about high schools are not written in a way that demonstrates notability. An article about a high school should only be kept if it can meet the general notability guidelines. An article about a high school should contain information which has been covered by reliable, third-party sources. Articles should be based mainly on secondary sources, but some non-controversial factual information may be taken from reliable primary sources such as the school itself or the local government. A good article on a high school generally includes information on its administration, sports, extra-curricular activities, notable historical events, notable alumni, and academic standards.

What to do when there are not enough sources[edit]

In cases where sources can almost certainly be found, but they cannot be found in a reasonable period of time, content of a full article should be created at a user subpage or a subpage of WikiProject Schools. Until sourced content is created, the school should be merged with a redirect to an article about the school district, town, or village of the school. An unsourced article on a school, or an article on a school without enough content for a rounded article, should not have its own page.

In English-speaking developed countries, many independent, reliable sources that detail notable information about high schools can be found on the Internet. Conversely, outside the English-speaking world, particularly for countries in Asia and Africa, Internet coverage may be very poor. [citation needed] In these instances, to avoid systemic bias, local sources should be sought. This may involve researching local media, for example at a neighboring library.

Elementary and middle schools[edit]

Elementary and middle schools do not merit their own article unless they have an exceptional claim to notability. Articles about these institutions should be examined on a case-by-case basis and otherwise merged with an article on the town or school district if they do not meet enumerated requirements.

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  1. ^ High schools have many different names in different countries: college, secondary school, gymnasium, etc. For the purposes of this essay, a high school is roughly defined as a school that educates people between the ages of 14 and 19. A more specific explanation of what a "high school" is in each country can be found in the article "High school".