We are closing the gap in middle school performance, high school graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment.

Citizen Schools aims to effectively set students’ sights on high school graduation and post-secondary matriculation, while building the 21st century skills, beliefs, and networks they will need to thrive in the modern economy.

The Impact is clear - accelerated academic gains and a clearer path to real-world skills and higher education.

+ Expanded Learning Time

Abt Associates conducted a five-year (2010-2016) 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 study found that Citizen Schools participants are significantly more likely to report that the program helps their self-esteem and pro-social behaviors and that they are also more likely to participate in activities that help them learn about college and careers. Citizen Schools participants made significant academic gains, equal to an additional three months of learning in Math, in the first year of Citizen Schools implementation at their schools.



Policy Studies Associates (PSA), a national leader in educational evaluation, conducted a rigorous longitudinal study of our Boston program from 2001 to 2010.

The study found that the Citizen Schools program engaged students who were at greater educational risk than district students overall prior to enrolling in Citizen Schools, and found substantial evidence of statistically significant positive impacts on students’ engagement in school, achievement, and graduation.