Superintendent Hite: “Double Win”

Today we announced the Great Schools Fund is investing $3 million to support the transformation of two elementary schools in North Philadelphia. The grants will help William D. Kelley and James G. Blaine elementary schools to dramatically improve academic results and serve hundreds of additional students as a result of the District’s recent school closings.

As Superintendent Bill Hite said to the Inquirer, this is a “double win” for Philadelphia: “First, these two schools are driving toward dramatically better student outcomes, and second, we want to direct as many resources as possible to students impacted by school closings.”

The Great Schools Fund is committed to making turnaround, growth, start-up, and incubation grants to schools of all types; this brings the total amount we’ve invested to $29.5 million to create 14,000 additional seats for students in high-performing schools. Learn more about the Fund here, and please contact us to get involved in this effort.


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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.

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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.