Changing life trajectories

We have evidence: students who participate in Citizen Schools are more engaged and successful in schools than their peers–even years after the program

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  • In 2013-2014, 85% of Citizen Schools students were eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
  • 95% of students identified as Latino or African American.
  • Over 33% of participants spoke a primary language other than English at home.


In 2010, Citizen Schools commissioned Abt Associates to conduct a five-year quasi-experimental external evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Citizen Schools Expanded Learning Time (ELT)initiative as it scaled across the Citizen Schools national network. The final report will be completed in 2016 and will include, in total, 35 schools across seven states that implemented Citizen Schools ELT for one or more school years.

The interim findings are posted below and have been very valuable to Citizen Schools in continuously improving the ELT partnership model and understanding the impact of Citizen Schools ELT on students and school communities.

Citizen Schools is deeply appreciative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and the Citizen Schools ELT Impact Fund co-investors for their support and funding of this important multi-year evaluation.

Year 3 Interim Findings

Year 4 Interim Findings

For more information on the evaluation, please contact Mike Kubiak, Chief Research & Evaluation Officer.