The Challenge


We believe that inside every child lives a story waiting to unfold. But those stories start in very different places.


The social and economic disparities that young people experience outside the classroom create disparities within it.  


Improving the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges. By high school, many students in distressed communities can be three or more years behind grade level, especially in math, which research shows is a dangerous pitfall on the pathway to graduation.


A core problem for schools is how to lift 9th graders over the Algebra 1 barrier.  Yet, our large class sizes have made it impossible for teachers to offer these students the individual instruction they need to catch up, or better yet, thrive.