Perceptions of parents’ tolerance of substance abuse
Emphasized parent values (importance of success vs. showing decency and integrity)
Felt closeness to each parent
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Results and Testimonials From School and Organizational Leaders
Students at High Achieving Schools often deal with several challenges, and are known to be statistically more likely than other youth to show emotional or behavioral difficulties such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse (see Luthar & Kumar, in press). Subsequent assessments of schools have shown substantial decreases in students’ level of depression, anxiety, and substance use.
Wilton Youth Council
"Dr. Luthar provided us with robust data on our local high school and identified key priorities for intervention in our community. Not only did she present us with a rigorous scientific perspective, but she addressed our community with passion, empathy and warmth. The balance of both her credibility as a researcher and her relatability as a parent enabled the audience to be receptive to her message.”
Bradley S. Philipson, Ph.D.
Former Assistant Head of School for Academics, Fort Worth Country Day School (TX)
Founding High School Principal, Young Audiences Charter School (LA)
"I cannot overstate how important Dr. Luthar's work has been to our work in independent schools. As a practicing educator, I am constantly citing her research to faculty, parents, and students as we walk about creating a school environment that promotes healthy, prosocial behavior. I am proud to have shared what I have learned working with her at several conferences, and am flattered to remain in her orbit as she continues to do incredibly important and much needed research in schools."
Defining Features of High Achieving Schools
High Achieving Schools (HAS) are those with high standardized test scores, rich extracurricular and
academic offerings, and graduates heading to some of the most selective colleges. These schools
emphasize the importance of community and relationships in fostering growth of the “whole child”,
helping students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, while strengthening character and civic