National Geographic : 2000 Dec
Noontime at St. John's-St. Andrew's Catholic School in Meire Grove, where boys linger over lunch in the activity room. The room, with its oak wainscot and maple floor, dates back to 1915. Half the room is used for basketball. Here 68 children from 40 families attend grades three through six. A hand lettered sign outside says, "Please No Vandalism." Sister Suzanne Slominski is the principal: "These are good, well-behaved kids. They come from good homes, so they come to school to learn. Their favorite programs are accelerated reading and accelerated math. They get 15-minute 'power' lessons and study as much as they want and take tests on our iMac computers and find out exactly what they have mastered and what they need to work on. We have 18 computers. They're looking forward to college. They want to be scientists. A couple want to be mathematicians. Some want to be teachers, which pleases me a lot."