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October 1998 | Volume 56 | Number 2
Charles S. Clark
Welcome to "Hippie High," an alternative secondary school in Arlington, Virginia, which has grown from radical beginnings into a place for high-achieving, college-bound students.
In the early 1970s, U.S. educators saw a proliferation of "schools without walls" and other radical efforts to meet student demands for less structured, more relevant instruction. Within a few years, however, many experiments faded, their free-form philosophies absorbed by the mainstream or abandoned by communities intent on returning to basics.
A conspicuous exception is the H-B Woodlawn School in Arlington, Virginia. After 27 years as a suburban Washington, D.C., hippie school, it is thriving today with more than 500 students in grades 6–12. Woodlawn is officially a program, not an accredited school, and its students mingle freely with kids from their own home schools, from which they ultimately receive their diplomas. Even with an admissions lottery, a waiting list, and a county affirmative action program that has sparked court battles, local parents still fight to get their kids into Woodlawn.
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