Brooklyn Laboratory High School
Círculos
Crosstown High
Da Vinci RISE High
Elizabethton High School
Furr High School
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
IOVINE AND YOUNG CENTER
Iowa BIG
Latitude High School
MAGNET AT JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL
New Harmony High
Ponaganset High School
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Summit Shasta
Tiger Ventures
Trinity Academy
Tulsa Beyond
Vista High School
Washington Leadership Academy
DC + XQ
XQ+RI
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What Defines an XQ Model?

Every XQ school is unique, but they all share a commitment to equity through fundamental principles that defy traditional approaches to high school education and put students first. XQ schools are:
- Mission Driven: Operating under a unifying set of values.
- Engaged: Actively fostering curiosity and the drive to think differently.
- Empowering: Giving kids the space to learn their way.
- Connecting: Building positive relationships between students and adults.
- Productive: Making smart use of resources like time, space and technology.
- Collaborative: Partnering with students, educators, families, community leaders to drive action.

Meet the XQ Models

Brooklyn Laboratory High School
Brooklyn Laboratory High School
Brooklyn, New York
Educating all learners.
Círculos
Círculos
Santa Ana, California
A school developing connected lifelong learners.
Crosstown High
Crosstown High
Memphis, Tennessee
Never stop learning. Design the future.
Da Vinci RISE High
Da Vinci RISE High
Los Angeles, California
Reconnecting students through anytime, anywhere learning.
Elizabethton High School
Elizabethton High School
Elizabethton, Tennessee
A vision for the future of high school—designed by students, for students.
Furr High School
Furr High School
Houston, Texas
Empowering students to tackle environmental injustice.
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
Grand Rapids Public Museum School
Grand Rapids, Michigan
A school embedded in community learning spaces.
IOVINE AND YOUNG CENTER
Iovine and Young Center
Los Angeles, california
A partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Iovine and Young Academy (IYA) to adapt its curriculum for high school students.
Iowa BIG
Iowa BIG
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Unleashing human potential using a student-driven, project-based approach.
Latitude High School
Latitude High School
Oakland, California
Oakland is their home. The Bay Area is their extended classroom.
MAGNET AT JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL
Magnet at Jordan High School
Los Angeles, California
Where community vision and community partners come together to rethink high school.
New Harmony High
New Orleans, Louisiana
Students as stewards of the future.
Ponaganset High School
Glocester, Rhode Island
A school on a path toward equitable, personalized learning for all.
PSI High
Sanford, Florida
A future-ready high school.
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Purdue Polytechnic High School
Indianapolis, Indiana
A high school experience powered by partnerships.
Summit Shasta
Summit Shasta
Daly City, California
A school preparing a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university and fostering thoughtful, contributing members of society.
Tiger Ventures
Tiger Ventures
Endicott, New York
A school for young entrepreneurs who are fueling their future and community.
Trinity Academy
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
Providence, RI
A school cultivating the artist’s mindset with academic rigor and love.
Tulsa Beyond
Tulsa Beyond
Tulsa, OK
A district-led partnership to transform high schools.
Vista High School
Vista High School
Vista, California
Students and teachers redefining learning together.
Washington Leadership Academy
Washington Leadership Academy
Washington, D.C.
See the future. Be the future.
DC + XQ
DC+XQ
Washington, D.C.
A districtwide, multi-year, community-driven partnership to rethink what high schools can be for all D.C. students.
XQ+RI
XQ+RI
A statewide initiative to rethink high school.
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XQ+NYC
New York City, NY
Reimagining high school in the nation’s largest school district.

High School Redesign Resources

XQ Educators Perspectives

Lillian Hsu
Latitude High School Founding Principal
“We want students to take what they’re learning in the classroom and see the real-world possibilities. We want them to expand their sense of what they’re capable of accomplishing.”
Deion Jordan
Crosstown High Director of Competencies
"When we think about culture, it's political and sociocultural, but it's also about student interests. It's showing that we value students and we think that's important."
Becky Herman
Iowa BIG Teacher
“I believe that teenagers are our most underutilized resource. To witness the energy that a group of passionate students can build toward a common goal in an unrestrictive environment is inspirational and, at times, jaw-dropping.”
Dustin Hensley
Elizabethton High School Media Specialist and Bartleby Program Co-Founder
“When we talk about rethinking high school, students and teachers and the community have to be a part of the conversation. Otherwise, it’s just another program with a catchy acronym and tagline that’s doomed to fail."
Anthony Burrell
New Harmony High Community Coordinator
“My hope for all my students is that learning here gives them the self-confidence to pursue their interests, explore the world, and make a positive change in their communities no matter where they end up.”
Angela Daniel
PSI High Instructional Strategist and Coach
"Our students’ future is shaping up to be a place where learning how to learn will be the ultimate skill they’ll need to master. That’s why it’s time we shift the power dynamic and give students a proper seat at the table in their own education."

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