About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams.

We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities. Our deep partnerships with schools put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies.

The opportunity gap

african-american student at a whiteboardThere is a critical gap in education. But it isn’t an “achievement gap” as the media often describes it. It’s an opportunity gap.

Students in upper-income families spend 300 more hours each year with adults than do the three million students in lower-income families. Upper-income students also benefit from almost $8,000 worth of enrichment activities yearly—robotics camp, piano lessons, academic tutoring, and more.

We can close this gap, and help these three million students discover and achieve their dreams, by connecting students who want to learn and adults who have something to teach…families with big dreams and volunteers with big hearts…visionary school leaders and a non-profit with a proven model…citizens and schools.

We can fill children’s afternoons with the kinds of moments of discovery that the nation’s most privileged parents don’t think twice about paying for.

An innovative model

Volunteer shows middle-school students how to build a computerCitizen Schools teachers become a special part of schools’ faculty, and are made up of passionate AmeriCorps members, aspiring educators, and community volunteers driven to fill afternoons with inspiring learning experiences.

Read more about our Expanded Learning Time model >>

Our partnerships help us unlock meaningful, sustained change—in students, in ourselves, and in our society. Join us.