Aspire Public Schools’ Story
For the past four years, 100 percent of Aspire Public Schools’ graduating seniors have been accepted to college. Now in its 15th year, with schools in California and Tennessee, Aspire has become one of the highest-performing school networks nationally serving predominantly low-income students. “We believe high-quality teachers are the number one lever for preparing students for college,” said James Willcox, Aspire Public Schools CEO. “We are committed to developing and supporting highly effective teachers in every classroom.” Since 2009, to deliver on its College for Certain mission, Aspire has collaborated with teachers to develop a nationally recognized teacher assessment and professional development model. Based on individualized observations, educators are able to access customized tools and resources—which are constantly being updated—as well as work with mentors and peers to drive student learning and college readiness.