Year 1, Newsletter 3: BSF's December Grantees

Dear Boston Schools Fund community,

As 2015 comes to a close, I hope you have the opportunity to reflect on the year past and think about the year ahead. I am grateful and excited to close the first year of the Boston Schools Fund with news of our second round of grants.

Three schools. Different governance models. Different grade spans. Different neighborhoods.

Three schools. All with track records of outstanding student achievement results. All with families passionate about their school and the need to offer that school to more families. All with empowered leadership teams and faculties committed to serving all students well.

These schools are the core of our mission: We help great schools grow. We invest for Boston’s children.

See below to learn more about the schools that have joined the Boston Schools Fund family, or visit our website.  

Happy Holidays,

Will Austin



New Mission High School: In ten short years, New Mission High School in Hyde Park has established itself as a Boston institution.  A rigorous academic program aligned to Advanced Placement curriculum coupled with student-centered supports and culture has resulted in a nationally-recognized school model.  With outstanding math achievement and growth and over 83% of graduates attending college, New Mission is one of the highest-performing public schools in all of Massachusetts.  Over the next year, the BSF team will work closely with New Mission to optimize its physical space and program to offer this great high school to more Boston families.

St. Columbkille: Five years ago, St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton was on the brink of closure.  But with outstanding leadership and teachers, engaged families, and a partnership with Boston College, St. Columbkille is now thriving. Enrollment has increased by over 200 students, scholars consistently perform well above grade level in math and literacy and gain admission to college-preparatory secondary schools, and the school serves as an effective training ground and research site for developing  teachers. The BSF team looks forward to supporting St. Columbkille as it completes its middle school expansion.

Match: Over the past five years, Match Charter Public School has tripled its student enrollment, adding new grade spans and programs. During this period of growth, Match students have continued to post some of the highest MCAS and PARCC performance and growth in the Commonwealth. Over the next three years, Match will add approximately 195 additional seats. tarting at the new elementary school campus, at which 80% of the students are English Language Learners, and moving through a full-service middle school and high school, Match’s academic program will offer both quality and continuity for Boston families.