What Is A Great School

Accelerate Great Schools was founded for the greater good of all students, especially those students from historically underserved communities. No matter what school model a family selects (district, nonprofit public charter, or private), we believe every child deserves a great school that prepares them for a great college and career.

Great schools aspire to greatness.

Great schools set out to be the best and to bring out the best each other. Every day, in every way, our great schools:

  • Meet all academic standards (for a school rated A or B).
  • Achieve at high levels, regardless of their zip code, income, race or ethnicity.
  • Consistently meet or exceed expectations in English language arts and mathematics.
  • Earn at least one full year of academic growth every year.
  • Graduate students from high school on time and demonstrate they are ready for the next step, whether college or career.

Great schools are more than numbers and test scores.

Great schools prepare children to be successful in life and help them achieve their dreams. Every day, in every way, our great schools have:

  • High expectations for every student and every adult associated with the school.
  • Leaders committed to making the best decisions for students.
  • Teachers who “know their stuff” and inspire students to learn.
  • A top-notch support team that takes pride in keeping the school running like clockwork.

Great schools are safe and welcoming places.

Great schools have leaders who know each and every student and family. Every day, in every way, our great schools have:

  • Staff and administrators who have a genuine appreciation for parents and their community.
  • Respect for the voice of parents and students and invite them to be a real part of the school.
  • Leaders and teachers who quickly identify and respond to challenges.
  • The resources to deliver on their promises for children year after year.