GreatSchools Identifies Top Bay Area High Schools for Latino Families

Top schools are providing the best opportunity for Latino students

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Oakland, CA, May 18 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents access the information they need to support their child’s learning, released today a list of the Top Bay Area High Schools for Latino Students. The list features exceptional high schools in the
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GreatSchools Identifies 15 Top Bay Area High Schools for Low-Income Families

Top schools providing the best opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare for college

San Francisco Bay Area, April 28, 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents access the information they need to support their child’s learning, released today a list of the Top Bay Area High Schools for Continue reading “GreatSchools Identifies 15 Top Bay Area High Schools for Low-Income Families”

GreatSchools Demonstrates New Technology at White House to Help Parents Find Best Schools

The Opportunity Badge helps parents find housing near schools that provide a chance for their children to receive the best education possible.


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Washington, DC, March 7, 2016 — GreatSchools, a national education nonprofit, participates in the White House Opportunity Project event today, demonstrating technology designed to make it easier for parents to look for housing while comparing schools that provide the best education opportunity for their children.  The event brings together nonprofit and private sector leaders to highlight new efforts to leverage federal data to expand opportunity, such as access to quality schools, fair housing, jobs and transportation. The White House event is an important convening of stakeholders committed to using open data to benefit diverse American communities.  

GreatSchools will demonstrate a prototype of the nation’s first school “Opportunity Badge,” identifying high-performing schools in affordable neighborhoods, showing how well schools provide access to opportunity.  As part of its commitment to the White House Opportunity Project, GreatSchools pledges to launch a live version of the badge on school profiles in the coming months. GreatSchools is one of a handful of nonprofits and companies selected by the White House to demonstrate the power and potential of open data in promoting access to equal opportunity for all Americans.

WH_gs-comparisons“Open data, deployed effectively, will give parents and educators incredible power as they seek new opportunities to level the playing field for our kids who have been left out or left behind,” said Bill Jackson, CEO of GreatSchools.  “We are proud and privileged to work with the White House, and our partners, to do our part to make it easier for all parents to find schools for their children — regardless of income level, race or ethnicity — that give them the opportunity to succeed.”    

In the prototype that will be demonstrated today, GreatSchools builds on its existing school information platform, adding in data from the US Department of Education’s Civil Rights Database about learning opportunities at schools. The updated data set will provide parents with information on high-level STEM courses offered in schools, college-ready curriculum, discipline rates, and more. Data will be broken down by low-income, race, and ethnicity. GreatSchools also worked with real estate companies to look at neighborhood cost-of-living data and identified schools that are providing strong opportunities for underserved kids.  Schools best supporting students in these neighborhoods receive an “Opportunity Badge” displayed clearly on its profile on GreatSchools.

The Opportunity Badge demonstrates GreatSchools’ continuing mission to empower all parents with the most comprehensive school data and parenting information available to support their children’s education and future success.   

About GreatSchools:

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools reaches over half of American families with school-age children each year — more than 56 million people.  GreatSchools offers school quality information gathered from federal, state, and local governments, and from parents, students, and teachers.  Through its GreatKids program, parents can find thousands of articles, videos, learning tools and worksheets to help support their child’s learning.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to all American families.

Contact:
Carrie Goux
cgoux@greatschools.org
mobile: 774-563-0295

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IS YOUR TEEN READY FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? GREATSCHOOLS HELPS PARENTS WITH THIS BIG QUESTION

Videos offer tips to parents for skills teens need to be prepared for college and careers


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image.pngSan Francisco Bay Area, CA, February 4, 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit organization that helps parents guide their children to successful futures, launched a free, new resource today for parents to help get their teen ready for life in the “real world.”  A series of 13 short videos, The High School Milestones video collection, produced in partnership with Bay Area-based Summit Public Schools,  demonstrates vital communication, academic, and life skills that all high schoolers need to learn real-life skills. Each video, in English and Spanish, is three minutes or less.

“The High School Milestones videos are an important resource because we often hear about ‘21st century skills’ or ‘college readiness,’ but it can be difficult to understand exactly what that looks like in practice. The standards and expectations can sometimes be difficult to visualize,” says Kyle Moyer, academic program manager at Summit Public Schools. “These videos show what critical skills look like and give a set of recommendations for specific ways that all parents can engage their children to develop and grow.”

GreatSchools and Summit worked with teachers, curriculum developers — including the developers of the Common Core curriculum — as well as input from expert research on college readiness to produce easy-to-understand scenarios with practical tips.

“It’s difficult to know how to help a high schooler, and frankly, their homework can sometimes be intimidating for parents,” says Bill Jackson, CEO of GreatSchools. “But videos like, The 1 key skill guaranteed to raise grades and reduce stress, and The surprising math skill that prepares teens for life offer parents easy and powerful ways to talk to their teen about how to succeed in school.”

The High School Milestones video collection is paired with relevant articles and practical advice from the GreatKids Road to College resource center, a collection of information every parent can use to navigate how to help their teen access and pay for college. Funding for development of High School Milestones was provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had more than 56 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to families, particularly those in high need. Through its GreatKids program, GreatSchools  promotes parenting for education success and teacher-parent collaboration.

Contact:
Carrie Goux
774-563-0295
cgoux@greatschools.org

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GreatSchools and Innovate Public Schools Launch New, Bilingual School Quality Website for Bay Area Parents during National School Choice Week

Visit the new site:
www.greatschools.org/bayarea

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, January 25, 2016GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents guide their kids to successful futures, and Innovate Public Schools, which works with parents to improve education in their communities, today launched the new GreatSchools Bay Area website.

“Our goal is to better engage traditionally underserved Bay Area families in finding and demanding high-quality schools for their children and their communities,” said Matt Hammer, Founder and CEO of Innovate Public Schools. “Through this partnership, we’re putting powerful, easy-to-understand data in the hands of more parents and connecting them to opportunities to get involved to not only support their own child, but to improve schools across their community.”
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Throughout the Bay Area, too many low-income students, English Learners, Latino and African-American students are being left behind, unprepared for success in college and beyond.  But there are also shining examples of schools that excel in preparing the Bay Area’s young people for success in college and beyond.

“When parents have accurate information about schools in their neighborhood that is relevant to their child, they can make better decisions,” said Bill Jackson, CEO of GreatSchools.  “Now, all parents will have more information to assess local schools, especially schools supporting traditionally underserved groups.”

Thanks to this partnership, for the first time ever, the entire GreatSchools website is available in Spanish nationwide, making school data and information accessible to millions more families. The partnership also includes rolling out new data on underserved students across the site, as well as spotlights to compare schools across a community.

This new, gs_email_3-768x512mobile-friendly site includes school ratings based on academic performance, math and English language arts proficiency rates and college readiness measures for different groups of students.  It also features Community Spotlight pages where parents can explore and compare how well local schools are preparing different subgroups of children in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose and East Palo Alto.

The new tools and features include:

    • Low-income students test score: Learn how low-income students perform and how it compares statewide to schools that serve a similar student body
    • Student Group Comparison: See how a school is doing for diverse groups of students
    • Nearby school options: See which high-quality school options are nearby in pop-up at the bottom of every school profile
    • Community Spotlights: Compare schools across the Bay Area, as well as spotlights specific to San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Oakland and East Palo Alto
    • Take action: Learn ways to connect and take action to improve education in the Bay Area

Visit the new site:
www.greatschools.org/bayarea

About GreatSchools
Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had more than 56 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to families, particularly those in high need. Through GreatKids initiatives, GreatSchools promotes teacher-parent collaboration and supports parenting for education success.

About Innovate Public Schools
Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.

CONTACT:

Carrie Goux
774-563-0295
cgoux@greatschools.org

Sierra Jenkins
310-909-6331
sjenkins@innovateschools.org

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