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A New Focus on Middle School: 2013 Annual Report

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September 1, 2014
Click to open the 2013 Annual Report webpage.

Remember what it was like to leave grade school for the shockingly adult life of 6th grade? You had to be alert, diligent, hardworking. You had to keep track, keep up and keep going through the highs and lows.

Research confirms that what happens to students in middle school can determine whether they finish high school, attend college, and live productive and rewarding lives. Show us a sixth grader on the first day of school and we see hope outshining trepidation. Show us a sixth grader on the last day of school who failed math, English or racked up serious absences or behavior infractions, and we’ll show you a student who has less than a 50-50 chance of finishing high school.

Annual Report Cover 2013
Click to view the 2013 Annual Report PDF.

Building on our ongoing national demonstration of ExpandED Schools (which add time, community staffing and resources to the traditional school day in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans), this year we launched one of the nation’s largest efforts to re-engineer the outdated school day by focusing on this critical turning point.

As the operating partner in Middle School ExTRA, a public-private initiative involving Harvard EdLabs,  Robin Hood and the New York City Department of Education, we add two-and-a-half hours of learning time for tutoring, arts, sports and other opportunities to the traditional school day for 2,100 students in 20 public New York City middle schools. See more in our 2013 Annual Report.

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