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Collegiate Academies Awarded $5 Million Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday a $4,982,968 million grant awarded to Collegiate Academies. This five-year grant under the Charter Schools Program will enable Collegiate to replicate its school model to serve more students and families. With this investment, Collegiate will grow from serving 1,400 high school students to approximately 4,000 high school students by 2021.

Benjamin Marcovitz, CEO of Collegiate Academies, commented on the award announcement and its impact on the communities Collegiate serves. “Each day we get to work with students is an honor. We are thrilled to be one of 15 networks in the country to receive this award and have the opportunity to expand our mission to more students.”

Marcovitz added, “We are grateful to Secretary King and his team and humbled by this show of support. This award is a testament to our tenacious team of teachers and students who have proven that high school is not too late to develop a passion for learning and the skills needed to succeed in college and in challenging careers.”

Collegiate currently operates three high schools in New Orleans with expansion plans underway to open a new school in Baton Rouge next year. All Collegiate schools are open enrollment high schools serving all students no matter their previous experiences or current abilities. Over 20% are students with disabilities. 14% are two or more years over-age. 92% of students are economically disadvantaged, and 99% of Collegiate’s students identify as people of color.

Collegiate students have achieved incredible academic success, and 98% of its graduates have been accepted to college. Marcovitz said, “While we have experienced success as a young network, I have never worked with people so committed to finding areas for improvement or so quick to act on them. This focus on urgent growth is what we hope to instill in our students and is critical for all of our continued success.”

Collegiate is known for individualized academic programming, numerous intervention programs for scholars with disabilities, progressive whole school restorative practices, and a college completion program that assists alumni through grad school.

The organization plans to use the grant to serve more students and to increase performance on indicators of student success such as graduation rates, ACT scores, and college completion.

Collegiate would like to thank our students, families, alumni, teachers, staff, board members, and supporters for their unwavering commitment to our schools and to our community.

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