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The New York City Department of Education
The New York City Department of Education has approved the opening of College Board Schools in response to the critical need for creating, developing, and supporting high-quality middle and high schools. These schools have been created as part of the chancellor’s new school initiative’s goal of providing effective schools and greater choice for all New York City students.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was created in January 2000, through the merger of the Gates Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through public libraries, and the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on improving global health. Led by Bill Gates’s father, William H. Gates Sr., and Patty Stonesifer, the Seattle-based founda- tion has an endowment of approximately $27 billion. The foundation focuses its education investments in two primary areas, both aimed at addressing this inequity: (1) helping high schools better prepare all students for college, work, and citizenship; and (2) reducing financial barriers to higher education.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Established in 1999 with a gift from Michael and Susan Dell, the foundation has an endowment of more than $1 billion. The foundation believes a child’s future begins with a healthy environment. MSDF proactively seeks out opportunities to support or develop programs that address our five essential focus areas: children’s health, education, safety, youth development, and early childhood care. As parents and cofounders of the foundation, Michael and Susan Dell place the utmost importance on the health and education of children. Within its first four years, the Dell family’s foundation has provided more than $50 mil- lion to children’s and community initiatives.
College Board Schools collaborate with many organizations in order to provide the best learning environments for our students: Heart of Change, Change of Heart Associates, Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR); Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF); The Writer’s Express; CHAMPS; GEAR UP; Periwinkle National Theatre; The Roundabout Theatre Company; Metis Associates; and Learning Point Associates.
Helen Santiago, Executive Director, New York Education Initiative
212 373-8707
Edna Vega, Executive Director of Implementation, New York Education Initiative
212 373-8765
Marlyn Lawrence, Executive Project Director, Leading the College Board Way
212 713-8061
Annika Many, Assistant Director, New York Education Initiative
212 373-8763
Robert del Prado, Program Associate, New York Education Initiative
212 373-8741
The College Board
New York Education Initiative, K–12 45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 373-8741
Fax: 212 262-1427
The College Board: Connecting Students to College Success
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three and a half million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teach- ing and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.
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   College Board Schools are...
•Public schools, grades 6–12, developed in collaboration with school districts and foundations with the goal of preparing all students for college success.
•Designed for low-income and minority students, emphasizing the College Board’s commitment to equity and access.
•Small, personalized environments with 75–80 students per grade, and a total of 525–560 students.
•Unscreened and nonselective. •Providing an extended day to ensure
additional instructional support.
•Engaging in advisory, designed to address the academic, social, and emotional growth and development of our students.
    The College Board
School Staff
                                         College Board Schools model
the five core elements by striving to be:
•Alliances of mutual respect between
the College Board and districts to create schools that increase students’ opportunities for college success;
•Organized for student success by know- ing and caring more about each student in order to foster high levels of productivity, fulfillment, and interest in learning;
•Centers of learning where College Board programs and services drive academic rigor;
•Organizations that are led and staffed by outstanding professionals with a deep knowledge of their subject matter, strong leadership skills, and a commitment to create and participate in a community
of continuous learners; and
•Environments with fully integrated, cutting- edge technology in every element of the school’s teaching, learning, and operations.
          The core values of the College Board are high expectations, hard work, and fairness. These values are critical to our mission, which is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Unfortunately, the current American public education system fails to prepare many students for college, work, and citizenship. Roughly one-third of all students do not complete high school, and another third complete high school but are not equipped with the skills or qualifications needed to enter postsecond-
ary education. Of the third that go on to postsecondary education, 46 percent are required to take remedial courses and only 6 percent of young people from the lowest socioeconomic quartile earn a four-year college degree. In today’s global, high-tech economy, students must be prepared for success in postsecondary education and
become lifelong learners in order to earn a living wage and realize their full potential. A college graduate earns 70 percent more than
a high school graduate and is only one-quar-
ter as likely to be unemployed.1 According to
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9 out of 10
jobs created in the next decade will require
postsecondary education and less than 20
percent of those without any college educa-
tion will become economically self-sufficient.
Through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the New York City Department of Education, the College Board plans to open up to 18 College Board Schools in New York City.
1. Closing the Graduation Gap: Toward High Schools That Prepare All Students for College, Work, and Citizenship. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, April 2003.
The College Board
              College Boards assets, resources, and partnerships
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mprove ducation in America

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