New Partnership to Serve Students in Urban Phoenix

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: February 23, 2015

A new partnership with Helios Education Foundation is allowing New Schools For Phoenix to continue its mission to transform urban education in Phoenix and dramatically change outcomes for low-income students.

“This grant aligns our shared mission of ensuring that all students, regardless of zip code, receive a high-quality education,” said Andrew Collins, Senior Director of School Development for New Schools For Phoenix. “With only 8 percent of high poverty schools in Phoenix earning an ‘A’ letter grade, New Schools For Phoenix will improve a student’s opportunity by recruiting and training leaders to either open high performing schools or reform struggling urban schools and bridge the achievement gap that exists in our community.”

The $100,000 grant will support the leadership programs within New Schools For Phoenix, which are designed to help educators either start or replicate high-performing schools for low-income students or reform an existing public school. These leadership programs are at the heart of New Schools For Phoenix’s mission to identify, train and equip some of the most innovative minds in education to launch and lead excelling schools in the urban neighborhoods where they’re needed most.

“Helios Education Foundation is committed to ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO.  “We know that it will take true collaboration and partnership to achieve that goal.  We are pleased to partner with New Schools for Phoenix as they guide aspiring leaders in creating and replicating high-quality schools with the ultimate goal of accelerating student achievement for students in our community who need it most.”

New Schools For Phoenix focuses upon a 220-square-mile swath of urban Phoenix, home to 215 public district and charter schools serving about 136,000 mostly minority and low-income students. Currently, more than 80 percent of these students attend a high poverty school; unfortunately, less than 1 in 10 attends an A-rated school.

By 2020, New Schools For Phoenix leaders will be part of a movement to transform urban education in Phoenix. These educators will open, replicate or reform 25 or more high-quality schools serving 12,500 students in the Phoenix urban core.

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