Entrepreneur: Oliver Sicat
For-profit | Founded: 2012 | Visit the Site
Ednovate was co-founded by USC Rossier School of Education and CEO Oliver Sicat in an effort to redesign the American high school experience and create Positive Multigenerational Change. Today, Ednovate operates six college-prep, tuition-free, charter high schools in Los Angeles and Orange County, primarily serving first-generation college-bound students from traditionally underserved communities. Together, we use our college degrees and careers to make a Positive Multigenerational Change. Ednovate will open a virtual school called Ednovate Virtual Aademy serving students in Southern California in Fall 2023. The school intends to serve 400 students at full enrollment across grades 9-12.
Entrepreneur: Shayna Gaspard, Niambi Sampson
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3DE is an Atlanta-based organization that was spun out of Junior Achievement. 3DE is an experiential-learning high-school model focused on connecting students to the real world through business leaders, business cases and career readiness. The research-backed model provides scope and sequence from grade 9 to 12, supporting students to build out their skillset inside and outside the classroom over four years. 3DE serves students in grades 9-12 at six high schools in Georgia today. Plans to scale beyond Georgia are under way, with hopes to reach 25 states in 10 years.
7 Generation Games
Entrepreneur: Maria Burns Ortiz, Gonzalo Serrano
For-profit | Founded: 2013 | Visit the Site
7 Generation Games is developing 7 Gen Ed Blocks, a no-code platform that enables educators to create interactive, culturally responsive literacy learning experiences in multiple languages. Since its founding, the organization has been focused on building narrative and gaming experiences that close equity gaps and improve outcomes for indigenous students and multilingual learners. Now they are working to adapt existing code libraries (originally used to develop proprietary games) into modularized, easily editable code blocks that educators can customize through a digital platform. This effort represents an attempt to scale their impact by putting more power into the hands of educators and enabling them to bring their content to life in engaging and culturally responsive ways.
A School Without Walls
Entrepreneur: Alan Cheng
Nonprofit | Founded: 2021 | Visit the SiteA School Without Walls, a new NYCDOE high school program with a hybrid pathway, launched in Fall 2022. The school intends to serve 1235 students at full enrollment across grades 9-12.Their Mission and Vision: A School Without Walls Hybrid program centers the lives of young people through interdisciplinary, project based learning. They believe in the power of young people to transform communities if given the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions as a part of their high school experience.
Academy for Urban School Leadership
Entrepreneur: Martin J Koldyke
Nonprofit | Founded: 2001 | Visit the Site
Academy for Urban School Leadership is a school management organization that serves more than 14,000 students in 25 schools in Chicago, IL. AUSL is committed to improving student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained teachers.
Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Entrepreneur: Dr. Stephanie Love
Nonprofit | Founded: 2010 | Visit the Site
Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) is a creative arts public charter school, authorized by the Texas Education Agency, to serve students in Fort Worth, Texas. AVPA will open in 2023-2024 with 320 6-7 grade students. At capacity, AVPA will serve 1120 students in grades 6-12. AVPA is governed by Illumination Education, Inc., which holds the charter on behalf of the public. The Board of Directors consists of eight (8) diverse community members.
Accel Day and Evening School
Entrepreneur: Jeremiah Newell
Nonprofit | Founded: 2017 | Visit the Site
Accel Academy launched two schools, a middle school and a high school, in Mobile, Alabama. The two schools intend to eventually serve 800 students in grades 6-12. ACCEL Academy offers a highly interactive, hands on curriculum with a focus on personalized college and career-ready pathways, targeted interventions for all students, and the development of social and emotional skills and mindsets that endure through adulthood.
Achieve Middle School
Entrepreneur: Dominique Lee
Nonprofit | Founded: 2020 | Visit the Site
Achieve Community Charter School is a public school that launched in Newark, NJ in Fall 2020. The school intends to serve 320 students at full enrollment across grades 5-8. The vision of the Achieve Community Charter School is to provide a Pre K-12 continuum that fosters the individual needs of students as they develop the skills, character, and values that will prepare them for college and empower them to use their unique perspective as an asset to shape our country’s future.
Entrepreneur: Doug McCurry
Nonprofit | Founded: 1998 | Visit the Site
Achievement First is a charter management organization that was founded in 1998 to serve students in grades K-12 in Connecticut and New York. AF strives to close the achievement gap by ensuring that urban students have access to a great public education.
Achievement First Accelerate
Entrepreneur: Paige MacLean, Dacia Toll
Nonprofit | Visit the Site
Achievement First (AF) is a growing network of 36 non-profit, high performing K-12 public charter schools spanning New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The AF Accelerate model is a comprehensive set of instructional materials, scope and sequences, unit plans and assessments for elementary and middle school Math & ELA.
Entrepreneur: John Maycock
Nonprofit | Founded: 2005 | Visit the Site
ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. They are committed to a vision of educational equity in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.
Achievement Preparatory Academy
Entrepreneur: Shantelle Wright
Nonprofit | Founded: 2008 | Visit the Site
Achievement Preparatory Academy is a public charter school serving more than 200 students in grades 4-8 in Washington, DC.
Achievers Early College Prep
Entrepreneur: Osen Osagie, Efe Odeleye
Nonprofit | Founded: 2017 | Visit the Site
Achievers Early College Prep launched two public schools, a middle school and a high school, in Trenton, New Jersey. The two schools intend to serve 600 students at full enrollment in grades 6-12. The mission of Achievers is to offer a rigorous academic and personal efficacy program that leads to a college degree. Achievers will use a STEAM curriculum to promote academic success for all learners, ensuring that students access post-secondary education dually with high school coursework and acquire mindsets and habits that prepare them for careers and life-long problem-solving.
Entrepreneur: Dr. Erwin Hesse
For-profit | Visit the Site
Admissions Gambit aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and first-generation applicants to colleges that match their academic and extracurricular backgrounds. They support students and families by providing one-on-one guidance and support throughout the entire application process, given that many students lack sufficient access to school counselors, with the national average counselor to student ratio of 415-to-1.
Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School
Entrepreneur: Ruben Morris
Nonprofit | Founded: 2021 | Visit the Site
Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School is a public school that launched in Tarrant, Alabama in Fall 2022. The school intends to serve 600 students at full enrollment across grades 9-11. They prepare their diverse student body for leadership positions in the aerospace and aviation industries through a rigorous, authentic and industry-aligned aerospace and defense education. They strive to create clearly-defined pathways for their diverse student body to enter aviation and aerospace careers and also to become a widely respected source of leaders for the industry.
Entrepreneur: Lisa María Rhodes
Nonprofit | Founded: 2019 | Visit the Site
ALAS uproots barriers that limit education, career, and civil rights of immigrant and court-affected students by organizing youth and families to lead educator training and policy advocacy.
ALAS’ trainings and policy advocacy reshape the educational systems’ engagement with and proactively support of youth who are arrested or undocumented.
Our youth and families help educators, policymakers and community members reshape attitudes, conscientiousness, and responsibility to create environments of belonging at school and to disrupt mass incarceration for youth.
All Means All
Entrepreneur: Lindsay Kruse and Ben Marcovitz
Founded: 2021 | Visit the Site
All Means All builds partnerships with school and system leaders to increase equitable outcomes and opportunities for students with disabilities and other intersectional identities that have been historically marginalized. Our flagship AMA School Leadership Program is a 15-month cohort-based fellowship for school leaders along with their school and/or network based teams that pairs repeated practicing of key adaptive skills (mindsets, adult culture and problem solving) and the technical levers to address inequity in schools with the deep coaching, feedback and collaboration to sustain it. Leaders in the program will work to shrink key academic and/or social emotional opportunity gaps rooted in systemic racism and ableism for students with disabilities with a particular focus on Black and Latino students from low-income backgrounds.
Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools
Entrepreneur: Judy Burton
Nonprofit | Founded: 2004 | Visit the Site
Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools is a charter management organization serving more than 9,500 students in 21 schools in Los Angeles, CA.
Alma Fuerte Public School
Entrepreneur: Anne Lee, Sean Markin
Nonprofit | Founded: 2016 | Visit the Site
Alma Fuerte Public School is a public charter school in Pasadena, CA that will eventually serve 400 students in grades K-8. Alma Fuerte’s model is project-based, individualized instruction that leverages students’ passions and strengths toward mastery of 21st century skills, with a focus on entrepreneurship. By graduation, each student will have launched a company of their design and will have faced the challenges of building a meaningful organization from start to finish.
Altura Preparatory School
Entrepreneur: Meaghan Stern, Lissa Hines
Nonprofit | Founded: 2017 | Visit the Site
Altura Preparatory School is a public charter school in Albuquerque, NM that will eventually serve over 300 students in grades K-5. The mission of Altura Preparatory School is to provide every student with access to an inclusive, equitable, and comprehensive, and exceptional college preparatory education. Altura Preparatory School will implement an elementary blended-learning model in ELA and math and experiential and project-based learning curricula in science and social studies.