Partnership Schools

Partnership Schools is a network of seven urban Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. Our network is guided by talented teachers and school leaders, and supported by a central team of education, finance, and operational leaders.

We believe that great schools are guided by faith and values, grounded in rigorous content, supported by quality professional development, and animated by a clear vision.

We are also recognized as a leader in the Catholic school renaissance—a nationwide effort to strengthen and rebuild urban Catholic schools as models of academic rigor and transformational change for the communities, students, and families they serve.

Partnership Schools

Partnership Schools is a network of seven urban Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. Our network is guided by talented teachers and school leaders, and supported by a central team of education, finance, and operational leaders.

We believe that great schools are guided by faith and values, grounded in rigorous content, supported by quality professional development, and animated by a clear vision.

We are also recognized as a leader in the Catholic school renaissance—a nationwide effort to strengthen and rebuild urban Catholic schools as models of academic rigor and transformational change for the communities, students, and families they serve.

Guided by faith and values...

Our shared core values of Integrity, Humility, Hard Work, and Service are alive in our schools and guide all that we do. When you walk into a Partnership school, you will know you are in a special place. The warmth of Christ’s love emanates the halls. Prayer is prioritized. Teachers are focused and joyful. Children know they are made in God’s image and that He loves them.

Grounded in rigorous content…

We teach curricula that expose students to rich literature, math, science, art, and history content. Research shows that content-rich, coherently sequenced curriculum plays a vital role in positive student outcomes. Therefore, we use national standards to choose the best classical curriculum for our schools and ensure that every teacher has a clear roadmap to implement that curriculum, giving them the tools they need to plan and teach effectively.

Supported by quality professional development…

We believe that instruction is just as important as curriculum. So, we paint a clear picture of what great teaching looks like and partner with our deans and principals, along with external partners like Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion team, to provide network-wide professional development and individualized coaching support to help our teachers improve their practice and reach all students.

Animated by a clear vision…

Our mindset is balanced on focus, excellence, and support.

Focus
The bedrock of our mindset is focus, pulling a few key levers and saying no to the distractions. By both necessity and choice, we do more with less. We take seriously the need to make strategic decisions that maximize the return on investment of each of our programs and resources. And we choose to focus on a defined set of targeted and centralized changes within our schools.

Excellence
Because we narrow our efforts to a select few, strategically chosen changes, we can pursue excellence in each of them. Doing too much risks a decrease in quality or intentionality, we believe that doing a few things well empowers us to better serve our students and our communities.

Support
Teachers and leaders thrive with the right mix of support and accountability. To that end, we provide training, guidance, and a structured loop of continuous feedback to prepare our teachers and leaders to implement our model.

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