Phoenix Chelsea has been proudly partnering with the Barr Foundation and school design partner Springpoint over the last year as an inaugural cohort member of the Barr Education Program’s Engage New England: Doing high school differently initiative – a $30-million investment over five years to help New England educators bring innovative school models to life in communities across our region for students who are currently off track to graduate. Phoenix Chelsea received a one-year $150,000 planning grant last June to adapt its school model through an in-depth design process which we have come to call Phoenix Forward. We are beyond humbled to announce that Phoenix Chelsea has been selected as one of five organizations in Cohort I to be awarded a $750,000 award to implement the Phoenix Forward work at Phoenix Chelsea over the next three years!
As if that weren’t incredible enough, Phoenix Lawrence, we are excited to say, will follow suit as one of five grantees in Cohort II of the Engage New England: Doing high school differently initiative! Phoenix Lawrence just received its own $150,000 planning grant to conduct a discrete design process at its school, which is especially impactful as it converts to a charter school and opens its doors to new students from Haverhill and Methuen. Phoenix Lawrence, like its sister school Phoenix Chelsea, will now be able to adapt its school model to serve each of these students’ unique, individual needs.
We are proud to say that we are the only charter school to have been granted funding, as well as the only organization to have been selected to participate in multiple cohorts. We could not thank The Barr Foundation enough for their beyond generous support of our work and their dedication to education in Massachusetts. Keep your eyes peeled for #PhoenixForward #doingHSdifferently updates throughout the years to come as we continue on this critical work to better serve our students!