We believe that the school, itself, is the most powerful unit of change, and we invest accordingly. Excellent schools get many things right, consistently across time, and with a high level of fidelity; isolated interventions do benefit individual students, but change at scale will require that whole schools perform for hundreds of students at a time. Citywide improvement—a transformational school for every child—is our ultimate goal.

Our two current portfolios of work are:


Transformational schools are communities where students reach their full potential—and where the academic achievement of lower-income students is indistinguishable from that of their higher-income peers.

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Of all in-school factors, teacher quality matters most. CityBridge works to expand the pipeline of excellent educators who choose to live, work, teach, and lead in D.C.

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