The Foundation’s Work

by TOM VANDER ARK

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all students are prepared for college, work and citizenship.

The foundation is committed to raising graduation rates and working to make sure that all students, regardless of race, income level or the neighborhood where they live, have access to an array of high-quality high schools. Good schools can take many forms, but they share several common characteristics: high expectations for all students, a rigorous curriculum, and a personalized learning environment that provides the support needed to succeed. These characteristics are often found in small schools, where close relationships between students and adults give young people receive personal attention and get extra help when they need it.

To that end, the foundation is working with communities to transform their troubled high schools into smaller, more personalized learning environments. It is also funding the replication of successful small school models and starting new small schools.

To learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its education giving, visit www.gatesfoundation.org.