“This will be our first full year of implementation, so we want to rigorously evaluate the results and continue to learn what makes this model successful,” said Rose. “If the data continue to show promising results, we’d like to expand School of One into additional schools both inside and outside New York City.”
This expansion seems more likely now that the School of One has secured an Investing in Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which will allow school leaders to further develop the system’s infrastructure. While it is currently focused on middle school math, Rose isn’t limiting the future.
“We really want to make sure we get math right first, but our view is for every subject, live teacher-led instruction 100 percent of the time for 100 percent of the kids may not be the right answer, and figuring out the right way to integrate other modalities into other subjects is something we think will hold a lot of promise in lots of subjects,” Rose said.
The School of One is currently operational at M.S. 131 in Manhattan, I.S. 339 in the Bronx, and I.S. 228 in Brooklyn.