Educational Excellence

Educational Excellence

Educational excellence: Raising student achievement for students of all backgrounds

Students of all backgrounds are outpacing their peers in other systems because world-class standards and best practices in teaching, learning, operations and management are in place.


Tennessee’s Achievement School District, under the leadership of Broad Academy graduate Superintendent Chris Barbic, enabled students to make gains of one- to one-and-a-half grade levels in the first year. more


Barbic also founded and previously led Houston’s YES Prep Public Charter Schools, which is currently on track to triple the number of low-income college graduates in Houston. Ninety percent of YES Prep students are first-generation college bound, although 80 percent are economically disadvantaged and most students enter at least one grade level behind in math and reading. YES Prep won The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools in 2012 and its schools have consistently been recognized among the best in the nation by Newsweek and US News and World Report.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was chosen by a bipartisan jury to win the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education—awarded to the urban school district that shows the greatest student academic performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps—under the leadership of Superintendent Pete Gorman, Chief Accountability Officer Robert Avossa, and Chief Academic Officer Ann Clark, all Broad Academy graduates.


Nevada’s Washoe County School District, which includes Reno, raised the graduation rate from 56 percent to 70 percent between 2009 and 2011 under the leadership of Broad Academy graduate Superintendent Heath Morrison, national and state superintendent of the year in 2012. During his term, the district achieved significant test score gains and narrowed the achievement gap in many subject areas.


Charleston County School District earned its best state report card on record under Broad Academy graduate Superintendent Nancy McGinley in 2011: Fifty percent of students attended “excellent” schools—nearly twice the state average, the graduation rate jumped five points, from 67 percent to 72 percent, and high school seniors earned $48 million in scholarships, their highest earnings on record.


Delaware’s Christina School District showed gains in math and reading scores for every grade under Broad Academy graduate Superintendent Marcia Lyles from 2009 to 2011. The graduation rate jumped from 56 percent to 70 percent with increases in student performance in every grade.


Washington, D.C.’s DC Prep, a network founded by Broad Residency graduate Emily Lawson, is the highest performing public charter school network in the area. In 2012,  94 percent of the first graduating class of eighth-graders (from 2007) graduated from high school—nearly twice as many as the D.C. Public Schools on average. Eighty percent have of graduates have enrolled in four-year colleges.


Denver Public Schools posted record enrollment increases, dramatically expanded the number of pre-school and full-day kindergarten slots and cut the number of lowest-performing schools by more than two-thirds under Broad Academy graduate Superintendent Tom Boasberg’s leadership. The district graduated 500 more students in 2011 than the year prior, and, during Boasberg’s tenure from 2009 to the present, went from having the lowest rate of student academic growth among large Colorado districts to having the highest rate of academic achievement growth, even for students in poverty.


In 2008, Broad Residency graduate Beth Sutkus Thompson merged the independent Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) public charter schools into a regional structure to create San Francisco’s KIPP Bay Area Schools, which she continues to lead. Today, KIPP Bay Area Schools’ middle schools are all California Distinguished Schools. Compared to traditional California school districts, KIPP Bay Area Schools rank in the top 10 percent, even though these schools serve more students in poverty than the average public school in the state.