Committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Boston.

Urban Education

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is dedicated to increasing educational attainment for economically disadvantaged young people and young adults, particularly in Boston and neighboring urban communities. The Foundation is focusing support in two areas:

  • High-capacity educational institutions or community-based organizations that are creating new pathways to post-secondary credentials with value in the labor market. Their approaches address barriers to credential completion including access, readiness, and affordability. Early College and Career and Technical Education are among the approaches that can close large and persistent credential gaps.
  • High-performing, autonomous K-12 public schools that are playing an important role in Massachusetts’ efforts to ensure that all students are college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. These schools use the significant autonomies they have been awarded (typically through a Charter or school improvement plan) in hiring and evaluating staff, school calendars, curriculum, and school culture to deliver extraordinary student outcomes.

 
Grants in this area are by invitation only. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the Foundation’s processes.
 
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Urban Education