Our latest grant to a Catholic elementary school

Today we announced a new $1.4 million investment to support the transformation of St. Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic elementary school serving a diverse student body made up mostly of students from immigrant families in South Philadelphia. You can read about this timely news in today’s Inquirer, as Philadelphia readies for the Pope’s visit this weekend.
The grant will support the school’s efforts to increase academic rigor and grow enrollment while addressing the specific needs of the student population. This investment builds on two previous incubation grants awarded from the Great Schools Fund: one to Independence Mission Schools to support its work with 14 urban Catholic schools – including St. Thomas Aquinas – and one to the school to support planning for this transformation.
With this latest grant, the Great Schools Fund has now invested more than $40 million in schools of all types to help at least 17,000 students gain access to a high-quality education. Please contact us with questions or to get involved in this work.

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School Investments

Since 2011, we’ve invested nearly $60 million to give 25,000 more students access to high-quality schools.


Our goal is to raise $140 million by 2022 to invest in great schools of all types. To date, we’ve raised more than $80 million.

By the Numbers

We invest in schools of all types. Our committed funds are currently invested in charter (65%), district (25%) and private (10%) schools.


Our goal is to ensure 50,000 more students each year are on the path to college by 2022.