One of the biggest draws in progressive schools is access to technology. As the economy shifts away from production toward innovation, training students in the hard sciences is ever more vital. With significant backing from corporations and charitable foundations (including $1 million from Oprah Winfrey), Denver’s School of Science and Technology definitely fits the bill. Taking students at below the benchmark levels, the school enacts a rigorous curriculum of five years of high school science and precalculus. Each day starts with a “morning meeting” that brings the entire student body together. One hundred percent of the school’s first four graduating classes went on to college.