Today’s news: Our investment in three schools

Today we announced that the Great Schools Fund will invest another $350,000 to plan for the turnaround and expansion of 3 Philadelphia schools. Read about the investments in today’s Inquirer.

  • $275,000 will support turnaround planning at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Helena-Incarnation, two Pre K-8 Catholic schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students. Both schools are part of the Independence Mission Schools (IMS) network. (Read more about IMS in Monday’s Inquirer) Similar to turnaround grants we’ve made to struggling public schools, these investments are in part intended to transform the schools’ academic results.
  • $68,600 will support planning for the growth of Independence Charter School, one of the highest-quality K-8 public schools in the city. More than 900 families are on the waitlist at ICS and they are developing a plan to meet parent demand.

To improve education across the city, we continue to invest in innovation and transformation while scaling what’s working in all three sectors – district, charter and private. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us.

P.S. – Did you see our partners at the Workshop School get a great shout-out from President Obama last week? Watch the video here.

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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.