OSPrI Updates

New Website for Research on Inclusive STEM High Schools!

November 18, 2015

Researchers at George Washington University (OSPrI project) and SRI International (iSTEM project) are conducting research to investigate the characteristics of STEM-focused high schools and their

Day in the Life: Central High School

November 18, 2015

The OSPrI research team has completed two "Day in the Life" case studies of two students at Central High School. 
You can read both of them here:

Day in the Life: Midwestern Early College High School, an Inclusive STEM High School

November 18, 2015

The OSPrI research team has completed two more "Day in the Life" case studies of two students at an inclusive STEM High School. 

Day in the Life: Southwest New Tech High School

June 21, 2015

The OSPrI research team has completed their first two "Day in the Life" case studies of two students at an inclusive STEM High School. 

OSPrI at NARST 2015

April 14, 2015


The aim of this project is to examine opportunity structures provided to students by Inclusive STEM-Focused High Schools (ISHS), with an emphasis on studying schools that serve students from underrepresented groups.

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Participating Schools

A list of the schools that are participating in our project.

Research Framework

Our research framework, including candidate Critical Component definitions and more.

OSPrI In The News

White House Announces more than $375 Million in support of Next Generation High Schools

November 11, 2015

As part of the President’s 2015 State of the Union push, the White House called for a national effort to create more Next Generation High Schools—schools that incorporate key elements of redesign,

OSPrI Presents at National Science Foundation STEM Forum

November 01, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) worked with the White House to host a research forum with thought leaders from multiple sectors, including K-12, higher education, informal learning, research,

STEM Education in the White House 2015 Budget

March 01, 2015

The Budget provides $150 million for a new program to redesign high schools to focus on providing students with challenging, relevant learning experiences that include partnerships with colleges,

Model 'Inclusive' STEM High Schools Share Common Traits, Researchers Say

April 09, 2014

The recent proliferation of open-enrollment STEM high schools has been a "bolt of lightning" to the field of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education, researchers say, but more st

Researchers Find that Inclusive STEM-Focused Schools Encourage Academic Learning

January 24, 2014

Researchers from George Mason University and George Washington University (GW) are completing the first phase of an in-depth analysis of a new type of high school that is emerging across the United

Understanding and Cultivating STEM-Focused Education

December 17, 2013

A research study co-led by Tara Behrend is taking a closer look at “Inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” high schools for possible solutions.

GW Researchers Release First Case Studies to Analyze Inclusive STEM-Focused U.S. High Schools

October 18, 2013

New studies out of the George Washington University are taking a closer look at a type of high school that is rapidly emerging across the United States.

Adding it Up

April 04, 2013

As the nation's future becomes increasingly tied to schools rooted in science and engineering, one question remains: What makes these schools work?

Researchers to Study STEM-Focused High Schools

December 09, 2011

Researchers from George Mason and George Washington University joined forces on a four-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the trend of STEM-focused high schools.

GSEHD-Led Research Team Receives Nearly $3 Million for Study of STEM Inclusive High Schools

October 20, 2011

Researchers at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Columbian College of Arts and Science received nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation to study high schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum.