TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD
At CityBridge, we are guided by an unshakable belief in the equal worth of every person: Regardless of station, regardless of calling, every individual has equal value and deserves access to abundant opportunity. For us, this belief translates into service to the children of Washington, D.C., where the majority of schoolchildren face some disadvantage or adversity.
We believe schools are the best and most promising settings to address these inequities. CityBridge Education represents the early stage of the school development pipeline: In partnership with D.C.’s traditional public (DCPS) and charter sectors, we incubate and launch new schools and transform existing ones. Our goal: 25 in Five—redesign or launch 25 innovative public schools within five years in our nation’s capital.
Our city has had a unique—and almost startling—decade of educational success, acknowledged nationwide as a model for urban reform. But success begs the question that informs our new body of work: What’s next? How do we acknowledge and celebrate progress while calling urgent attention to the majority of our students who are still not college ready? How do we create the entrepreneurial energy and political climate to deliver the next level of opportunity for all students? And how should the next portfolio of schools differ from our best models today?
In answering these questions, CityBridge stands on the shoulders of the groundbreaking work done by friends and treasured colleagues in D.C. We have learned from the pioneering human capital reforms led by Michelle Rhee and Kaya Henderson in DCPS and from stand-out charter performers, like KIPP, DC Prep, and Two Rivers, whose work proves every day that the achievement gap can be closed. Our portfolio should build on that cumulative success and add the new strategies, technologies, and ideas that, together, will yield the next generation of excellent schools.