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Announcing CityBridge’s 16 New Breakthrough Schools: D.C. Winners

December 2, 2016 / Breakthrough Schools, School design

Last night, more than 200 educators, thought leaders, and funders gathered in Mundo Verde Public Charter School‘s beautiful zócalo (public square or gathering place) to celebrate the announcement of nearly $650K in seed grants to 16 DCPS and public charter schools in Washington, D.C. These awards mark the third round of CityBridge Education’s Breakthrough Schools: D.C. school design challenge, a grant competition that challenges schools across D.C. to fundamentally rethink school.

Since launching Breakthrough Schools: D.C. in 2013, CityBridge has invested in 29 new and existing schools committed to radically transforming education in the District, including Washington Leadership Academy—a new D.C. high school that was also named a winner of the highly competitive XQ Prize in September 2016. The 13 Round 3 school design teams, representing 16 schools, each embody a unique and compelling vision for personalization, educational equity, and expansive measures of student success. As a CityBridge partner, each school team is eligible for up to $500K in cash and in-kind supports.

More than 30 school teams responded to CityBridge’s challenge for schools and school leaders to reimagine education in Washington, D.C. This round of grants marks the launch of CityBridge’s next chapter of investments in D.C. schools: a commitment to incubating 25 new or radically redesigned schools across the next five years.

Said Mieka Wick, Executive Director of CityBridge Education: “At CityBridge, we believe that our calling—for at least the next decade—is to focus on creating the pipeline of new schools and new school models that will deliver vastly improved results for our students. Today marks a meaningful step toward reaching our goal of incubating 25 excellent new or redesigned schools in the next five years.”

The Breakthrough Schools: D.C. Round 3 winners include:

> Winning School Profiles

> Press Release