Broad Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in New Grants to Expand Premier Public Charter Schools in New York City
Uncommon Schools and Success Charter Network to triple number of schools in next five years
Broad Foundation Founder
"In this day and age, we all need to ensure that our dollars are invested as wisely as possible," said
- Uncommon Schools will receive
$1.5 millionover three years to support the opening of new schools in Brooklyn, New York, to provide a capital investment for school facilities, and to support home office operations. By 2014, Uncommon Schools will grow to operate 33 schools, 20 of which will be located in New York City.
- Success Charter Network will receive
$1 millionover two years to support its existing four Harlem Success schools and to help open new schools in the New York Cityarea. The network plans to open 40 new schools over the next 10 years.
"Charter schools like Uncommon Schools and Harlem Success Academies not only prepare their students for successful futures, they also prove that every child can learn and that public education can be excellent," said Chancellor Klein. "With such terrific results, it's no wonder that 30,000 students are on waiting lists for charter schools across the City. I want to thank
Schools across the Uncommon network consistently outperform their neighboring district schools and rank among the top schools in their cities and states. For example:
- On the 2008
New York Statemath and English language arts exams, Uncommon Schools' students -- 99 percent of whom are Black or Latino -- collectively closed the "achievement gap" in grades three through seven, out-performing the state's white students.
- In addition, 96 percent of Uncommon's
New York Citystudents across four schools scored advanced or proficient on math exams, besting the overall state average by 15 percentage points and the white student average by eight percentage points.
- On English language arts exams, 80 percent of Uncommon students scored advanced or proficient, exceeding both the state average the state's white student average.
- Based on 2008 New York City Department of Education Progress Reports, Uncommon's Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant is the highest-ranked public elementary school in the city.
Across Harlem, where Success Charter Network schools are currently located, only 42 percent of third graders can read, a figure that drops to 31 percent by eighth grade. In contrast, Harlem Success Academy students on average performed at least one year above their grade level in reading in the 2007-2008 school year. That same year, Harlem Success kindergartners on average performed at a second grade level in mathematics.
As a result of the success of the Uncommon and Success Charter Network schools, parental demand for seats has grown steeply in recent years. Last year, some 5,000 students sought admission for just 600 spots in Harlem Success Schools. Today, over 4,000 students sit on wait lists to attend schools across the Uncommon network.
"Uncommon is thrilled to receive this support from The Broad Foundation which will enable us to meet the urgent and growing demand for high-quality public schools in the neighborhoods of
Both Uncommon Schools and Success Charter Network schools share operational and instructional elements proven to be successful in preparing low-income students for academic and college success: a highly structured learning environment, a longer school day and a longer school year, standards-based instructional models, and proven curricula that are data-driven and informed by ongoing assessments.
"Our students and their families are extremely grateful for this chance to serve even more of our neighbors, without sacrificing the educational quality that students in Harlem need and deserve," said Moskowitz. "Every year, thousands more parents in our community want something better for their children. This new support will help us meet that demand."
Success Charter Network is a 501(c)(3) charter management organization that seeks to prepare its students to graduate from college and succeed in life and to tangibly improve educational outcomes for all public school children. For more information, please visit www.harlemsuccess.org.
Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. For more information, please visit http://www.uncommonschools.org.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a national venture philanthropy established by entrepreneur
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