Education is the foundation of opportunity. Griffin Catalyst works to provide greater access to high-quality education and pathways to success for students across the country, equipping individuals with the tools they need to pursue their dreams.
Our Impact Stories
Charting a New Course for Academic Success
With 53 schools located across New York City, Success Academy is one of the fastest-growing and most effective public charter school networks in the nation. Every one of its high school graduates, mostly from low-income households, has been accepted to attend a four-year college, and more than two-thirds of whom have been accepted by selective or highly selective colleges.
Support from Griffin Catalyst will allow the network to expand dramatically, increasing enrollment by 50% from 20,000 to 30,000 over the next five years—transforming the lives of countless students and their families and serving as a national model for the charter-school approach to public education.
Scaling Personalized Learning
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to erase decades of academic progress, particularly for low-income students across the country. Personalized tutoring represents a powerful tool to combat this learning loss and help students catch back up to grade level. High-quality tutoring has been proven to accelerate academic achievement, helping students gain 24-36 months of learning in a single academic year.
By supporting Accelerate, Saga Education, and Schoolhouse.world, Griffin Catalyst is expanding access to tutoring and generating new evidence about the most impactful and cost-effective ways to personalize instruction.
Expanding Access to High-Quality Education
A good education is the on-ramp to the American Dream. But for too many students, the opportunity to pursue world-class higher education is out of reach. That’s why Griffin Catalyst is focused on closing this opportunity gap—making strategic investments that allow more students to continue their education.
Historic gifts to Harvard University and the University of Chicago are helping to secure needs-based financial aid to ensure the best and brightest have access to the highest-quality education our country has to offer. By opening doors to world-class institutions and investing in student success, Griffin Catalyst is helping advance education—and American innovation—for generations to come.
Educating America’s Future Problem-Solvers
To tackle the most challenging problems of our time, few skills are more valuable than critical thinking and an ability to understand and evaluate data.
Griffin Catalyst is actively committed to expanding such education in America’s classrooms. Through partnerships with Data Science 4 Everyone, the College Board and Nobel Prize Outreach, Griffin Catalyst is ensuring greater access to data science, computer science and scientific critical thinking curricula, inspiring in children a lifelong passion for problem-solving.
Years of additional math learning gained in a single year from Saga Education’s high-impact tutoring model
Griffin Scholars supported annually, making a Harvard education more accessible to talented students around the world
Students who will receive data science education from school programs across the US in two years
- Break Through Tech
- Center for Education Policy Research
- College Board
- Data Science 4 Everyone
- Harvard University
- Kenneth C. Griffin CS Education for All Initiative
- Last Mile Education Fund
- Learning Engineering Tools Competition
- Learning Heroes
- Miami Dade College
- Nobel Prize Outreach
- Saga Education
- Success Academy
- The University of Chicago Department of Economics
- Thrive Scholars
- University of Chicago Education Lab