Strategic Partnerships

Partnership Schools

Low-income families in New York City who believe in providing a faith-based education for their children are often faced with limited choices. Catholic schools in particular have faced significant declines and have been less than transparent in terms of ongoing student success in both high school and college admissions. Partnership Schools is committed to reversing these trends and convinced the Archdiocese of New York to outsource the management of failing Catholic elementary schools to its independent nonprofit.

Funding from Heckscher helps us provide an excellent, life-changing education to the students we serve in New York City. Thanks to their support, we continue to shape the young, bright minds in our care, setting them on a path to success in high school, college, and life.
Jill Kafka, Executive Director
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Partnership Schools is a network of seven Catholic Pre-K through 8th grade schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. At the time that Partnership assumed management of the schools, only 17% of students passed the New York State math test and only 22% passed the New York State ELA test. On the most recent State exams in 2019, 52% of Partnership students passed the math test and 49% passed the ELA test. For the fourth year in a row, all Partnership schools met achievement levels that outperformed City and State school averages.

Partnership has also developed a comprehensive high school choice matrix that factors in the success of neighboring charter, non-charter, and Catholic high schools in other to counsel families in making better choices in where to send their children to high school.