Model Program

High Scope Primary Grades Approach to Education

600 North River Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48918

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Contact Information:
Dr. Larry Schweinhart

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:



School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan. HighScope's mission is to lift lives through education. We envision a world in which all educational settings use active participatory learning so everyone has a chance to succeed in life and contribute to society. HighScope activities include: Training preschool and elementary teachers and administrators; Conducting research projects on the effectiveness of educational programs; Developing curricula for infant/toddler, preschool, elementary, youth development, and movement and music programs; Developing early literacy curricula and assessment materials and conducting related research; Presenting an annual International HighScope Conference for teachers and teacher-trainers; Publishing books, videos, curriculum materials, and assessment tools for educators and researchers; Operating a Demonstration Preschool in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that serves children in the local community and provides a model of "HighScope in action" for visiting educators.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Extended-School/Summer Program, GED, Mentoring/Tutoring, Study Skills

Starting Date: 1970
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

Researchers examined the percentage of fourth graders who passed statewide testing and found the increase in reading scores was 10.7 compared to comparison schools of 1.0. In math the the mean increase was 25.7 compared to 17.5 for comparison schools. Data for low-income students was significantly higher than those in comparison schools.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level