This is the second competition this year for the Smaller Learning Communities Program run by the U.S. Department of Education. Awards from the first competition were made in early July. Anyone who did not receive funding is encouraged to reapply. The purpose of the program is to promote academic achievement through the planning, implementation, or expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools to help ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to college and careers. For purposes of this program, a large high school is defined as a school that includes grades 11 and 12 and has an enrollment of 1,000 or more students in grades nine and above. An estimated 10 Planning Grants and 35 Implementation Grants will be awarded.