Apply for Membership or Partnership

Thank you for expressing an interest in Schools That Can. Our approach is both systematic and intentional. We find every city’s best schools and leverage their most effective practices to collectively improve the quality of schools in the region and nation.

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We believe your school will also find tremendous value in our network. We offer our schools local and national recognition, pathways for increased fundraising and marketing, and nurturing support and mentorship from successful peers. While having access to a national network of outstanding schools across sectors is a primary draw for many of our schools, it’s access to exemplary school models and effective practices right next door that will make the difference in your school.

Criteria for High-Performing Member Schools

1. For public schools: School-wide performance is 15 percentage points above the city-wide average proficient and advanced rates in ELA and Math
2. For schools taking norm-referenced tests: EITHER 70% of students are above the 50th percentile OR students show an average of 20 points growth during tenure at school.
3. Daily attendance rate is at least 90%.
4. Graduation rate is at least 80% (of students who enter in 9th grade). Also valid criteria for middle schools that track their alums through high school.
5. The student population is at least 60% low-income (as determined by Federal Free & Reduced Lunch rates)
6. The applicant school must have been in operation for at least two years.
7. In addition to these benchmarks, we look for schools with strong, collaborative leaders at the helm, who have built a positive, mission-driven culture that holds all stakeholders to high expectations.

WE WELCOME APPLICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS WITHIN CHARTER NETWORKS/CMOS, BUT NOT FROM THE NETWORK ITSELF.

Criteria for High-Potential Partners

1. School-wide performance on state criterion-referenced or national norm-referenced tests is above average in ELA and Math. Growth over time is also apparent.
2. Daily attendance rate is at least 85%.
3. Graduation rate is at least 75% (of students who enter in 9th grade). Also valid criteria for middle schools that track their alums through high school.
4. The student population is at least 60% low-income (as determined by Federal Free & Reduced Lunch rates)
5. The applicant school must have been in operation for at least two years.
6. The school has established a school culture that enables and supports academic achievement.
7. The school leader is enthused about collaboration with other STC schools.

WE WELCOME APPLICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS WITHIN CHARTER NETWORKS/CMOS, BUT NOT FROM THE NETWORK ITSELF.

Collaborating School

If a school wishes to be involved with STC but does not meet the criteria for Member or Partner status – either due to student demographics or performance – it may participate at the local level as a Collaborating School. For more information, contact your local leader or Casey Lamb at clamb@schoolsthatcan.org.

Submitting Test Results

If you would prefer to email test scores than complete the testing questions below, please send scores to clamb@schoolsthatcan.org.

Nominate a School

Know of a committed school that seems like a great fit? Tell us!

Please reach out to clamb@schoolsthatcan.org with any questions along the way!