Common Principles for Uncommon Schools

Horace Volume 16 | 2000 | Issue 1

Ten by Ten: Essential Schools That Exemplify the Ten Common Principles: Illuminates how Essential schools interpret the Ten Common Principles in ways that necessarily reflect very different local contexts. As the principles work in concert, moreover, schools often find that one rises to prominence, prompting a press for excellence that illumines and ignites other areas of change as well.

How CES Can Help

Schools seeking help with implementing the Ten Common Principles can find help through the Coalition of Essential Schools in a variety of ways: 1. The new CES School Benchmarks spell out detailed “indicators” for how the Ten Common Principles play out in school structures and practices. To obtain the latest working copy, contact Joe Pattaphongse by e-mail at, or

Ten by Ten: Essential Schools That Exemplify the Ten Common Principles

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 Schools play out the Coalition’s Ten Common Principles in different ways, depending on their local context and priorities. For each principle, here is an Essential school exemplar of its practice, nominated by other school people impressed with how student learning has followed. As Essential schools put into practice the Coalition’s