I work for Blue Engine - a new non-profit that partners teams of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) with classroom teachers to increase academic rigor in high need public high schools in New York City.
Did you know that only 15% of students from low income communities who enter college graduate?
When I first heard the statistic, it shocked me. It can be a major accomplishment for a high school student to just graduate high school, but if they reach that point - and then can't succeed in college - that's a problem.
In its first school year (20010-11), Blue Engine tripled the college ready rate in Algebra for its first partner school.
Now, Blue Engine wants to do more. And that's why we launched The December Campaign.
Year 1: 1 school, 1 subject, 12 BETAs, 180 students
Year 2: 3 schools, 3 subjects, 26 BETAs, 540 students
IT'S TIME FOR
Year 3: Help us Expand our Reach.
Your donations will help Blue Engine expand in Year 3. Any bit of donations really help!
Success in college is shaped by many factors, but research has consistently shown that academic rigor during high school is the single strongest predictor of whether students sink or swim once they enter college. The Blue Engine model was designed to help students master the advanced academic skills required for high school and college success. BETAs dramatically reduce instructor-to-student ratios (1:6) by collaborating with teachers to customize instruction, increase academic rigor and build empowering relationships with students at every academic level—not just high achieving students, struggling students, or students who opt into the program—starting day one of freshman year.