There were cheers at Chicago’s Curie Metropolitan High School when the neighborhood high school, which serves nearly 3,000 students, most Black or Latino, was named one of the “World’s Best Schools” for how it supports its students’ mental health. Along with a behavioral health team, the school has a dedicated arts program, offering classes including dance, drama, animation, orchestra, choir, electronic music, art, sculpture, and guerrilla art. It is the only school in North America awarded one of the five $50,000 World’s Best School Prize. Curie will use the money to fix up the school’s aging theater. T4 Education is focused on connecting teachers across the world to improve education globally and share best practices. The World’s Best School Prize set out to find schools that made tangible impacts on both its students' lives and the wider community. Other winners include Dunoon Grammar School in Scotland, Escuela Emilia Lascar in Chile, Project Shelter Wakadogo in Uganda, and Bonuan Buquig National High School in the Philippines.

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