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Bay Area Middle-Secondary Education Top Nonprofit Countdown: Highlighting Nonprofits #6-10

October 23rd, 2010 by Erinn Andrews Leave a reply »

Middle-Secondary education is just a subsection of the larger world of education. In total, Philanthropedia experts identified 15 nonprofits that fall in this category in the Bay Area. Today, we will highlight nonprofits #6-10 with just a brief summary of their impact according to our experts.

#6 Summer Search

This program identifies first-in-family to attend college students and provides a strong boost of confidence and experience that supports them to get into college and stay there. College acceptance and going rates are in the high 90 percent range for participants. In addition to the individualized support they provide, they help participants realize that they can and should set their sights high as they move through their educational pathway. Read more about them here.

#7 Aim High for High School

Aim High for High School is widely-recognized for helping underserved, and particularly students of color, in San Francisco high schools and middle schools change their attitudes towards college (participants report a higher level of engagement and confidence in school). And this allows them to successfully pursue higher education. Aim High participants are more academically prepared and supported than their low-income peers. Aim High for High School has demonstrated a consistent ability to help kids improve academically–especially in critical areas like math. Aim High for High School is one of the few local summer school providers that has measurable academic and social gains for students. The program increases students’ feelings of connectedness and feelings of success while addressing the “summer learning loss” that plagues most inner-city schools. Read more about them here.

#8 The Education Trust (West)

Experts say the Education Trust West may be the strongest policy-advocacy organization on closing the achievement gap in CA. They have done breakthrough work on showing how teachers are paid better within districts at white-Asian schools. Further, the Education Trust has demonstrated the positive effects of academic rigor and high expectations for low-income and minority students. Finally, they have demonstrated the need for reform in how teachers are paid and trained. Read more about them here.

#9 Envision Schools

Envision Schools has developed a clear theory, educational model and has a strong track record for engaging low-income high school students in meaningful learning and accelerating their achievement utilizing a project based learning model, coupled with real world experiences in work places. They have also been equally innovative in their approach to performance-based assessment and use of student exhibition and portfolio review. 100% of Envision Schools’ graduates have gone on to post-secondary education and have persisted in large numbers. Read more about them here.

#10 Downtown College Prep

Downtown College Prep has created a context in San Jose where college success for all is a reasonable goal to be talking about, especially for the low-income Latino students who are so underrepresented in colleges and universities. Downtown College Prep has a strong track record of taking troubled high school students and getting them into college. Read more about them here.

View our entire list of top 15 Bay Area middle-secondary education nonprofits here: and dig deeper to review what experts had to say about each organization. Especially if you are a Bay Area resident, add middle-secondary education to your list of great causes to support this holiday season. You can feel confident that your donation is going to support an outstanding group of nonprofits making a real difference in education.


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