The Rural Advantage

The sensibility of grounding educational activities in community and neighborhood is obvious, and the advantage here goes to the small rural school.

The Rural Advantage

What does it mean to you?


Rural school districts are as diverse as the communities they serve and the students they educate. Their unique histories, cultures, and landscapes result in community-based schools that transcend simplistic generalities.


  1. Rural schools are community hubs that bring people together.
  2. Rural schools encourage student participation and ownership.
  3. Rural schools serve as centers for the arts.
  4. Rural schools are catalysts for the Farm to School movement.
  5. Public Education is essential to successful rural futures.


In an age when "rural" is often used as a pejorative term, it is essential that we promote "The Rural Advantage" - the unique and incredibly positive aspects of calling a rural place home.

Rural schools have their own set of "advantages."

Advantages with recurring themes: small rural school provides educators with incredible opportunities, and students benefit from rich and meaningful learning rooted firmly in rural place.


Rural schools and small communities have so much to offer:

Learn about rural teachers' perspectives through the #myruraladvantage hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

Read about outstanding teacher-leaders and their commitment to their rural homes and communities.

Read about Lorna Jimerson's research-based summary, "The Hobbit Effect: Why Small Works in Public Schools"