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Our mission is "Collaborating for a Quality Education." Collaboration between strong school leaders can lead to a systemic growth of seats for quality education in cities throughout the U.S.
Schools That Can (STC) is a national nonprofit network of high-performing urban independent, faith-based, charter and district schools operating in low-income communities. Our member and affiliated schools serve over 17,000 children and graduate more than 1,000 students a year to college preparatory high schools and college. As of August, 2010 the network consists of 50 affiliated schools clustered in 14 states. These schools are either independent, faith-based, charter or district. The rich diversity of membership ensures the uniqueness of the STC model.
By sharing the proven best practices of high-performing schools, we can address the challenge of the Achievement Gap that children from low-income communities face. By providing member school role models for the community, we can impact emerging schools to improve their practices and seek future membership.
The STC network is well aligned with national goals to hold schools accountable and reward those that clearly demonstrate academic achievement and outcomes. STC is driven by the vision of collaboration for a quality education - a unique partnership that eliminates artificial barriers between charter, independent, faith-based and district schools. Such a collaboration is leading to growing seats of quality education city by city where STC schools reside. The longer term vision is to contribute to closing the achievement gap by growing quality education in each city to reach a tipping point that reverses the current trends of defeat or failure. We are encouraged by recent evidence that when a good school exists in a neighborhood, parents demand change if their school does not meet similar standards - a sign that the STC model can help transform the status quo on a scalable basis.
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