Some of these conditions are:

  • Strong, empowered school leaders who have a track record of success, hold high expectations for all students and invest others in their vision.
  • Effective teachers with strong systems and resources to recruit, train and support them
  • A financially sustainable, strategic plan that has measurable goals and prioritizes the needs of low-income students.
  • A dedication to serving all students—including economically disadvantaged, special education, and English Language Learners—while closing internal achievement gaps.
  • A commitment to engaging parents and the community in the school’s success.
How We Measure Success

We judge our effectiveness using a variety of student outcome measures for both schools we invest in and the city as a whole. Some of these include:

  • Overall student achievement (measured by standardized test scores in Math, ELA and Science)
  • Parent/student satisfaction
  • Performance of subgroups (economically disadvantaged, Special Education, English Language Learners)
  • College/high-performing high school matriculation and persistence
  • Graduation/retention rates
  • Closing of achievement gaps
  • Student safety and attendance



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.