Boost! was created to address the social, emotional and physical needs of students and to engage parents and families, as well as business and community leaders, in the hard work of turning around New Haven's public schools.
It is a component of New Haven's nationally-lauded School Change Initiative, a comprehensive package of education reforms with ambitious goals:
• Eliminating the achievement gap by raising test scores to the state average;
• Cutting the high school dropout rate in half;
• Ensuring every student is academically prepared and financially able to attend and succeed in college.
In order to reach these goals, it became clear that schools would have to address the challenges that many students face outside of school.
In its first two years, Boost! is already seeing some very promising results. Test scores in Boost! schools are rising, behavior problems are dramatically decreasing, and school satisfaction is improving among parents and students.
Boost!, a partnership among the City of New Haven, New Haven Public Schools, and United Way of Greater New Haven, coordinates programs in the schools to help make sure that every child has an opportunity to succeed. To do this, Boost! schools incorporate into the daily schedule programs that address four “domains” which have been demonstrated to contribute to children’s ability to succeed in school:
• Physical health and wellness
• Social, emotional and behavioral health
• Family support and engagement
• Student engagement/academic enrichment
Boost!’s role is to strategically coordinate programs, facilitate communication, and identify youth service providers that could fill in the gaps. Each Boost! school appoints an existing staff person as Boost! coordinator. United Way recruits and places AmeriCorps VISTA, Public Allies and Episcopal Service Corps workers in the schools to provide extra support and to help engage families.
Boost! kicked off in the 2011-2012 academic year with a pilot program in five schools — Augusta Lewis Troup School, Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, Clinton Avenue School, Metropolitan Business Academy, and Wexler-Grant Community School, and added five more in the 2012-2013 achool year: Celentano Museum Academy, Hill Regional Career High School, John S. Martinez School, Strong School and Truman School. In 2013-14 Boost! will add King-Robinson School, Lincoln-Bassett School, New Horizons, Quinnipiac School and Clemente Leadership Academy.The goal is to bring Boost! to all 47 New Haven public schools.
Read more about Boost!
How Boost! Helps Students Learn -- and Communities Grow
Boost!ing New Haven Students
Boost! By the Numbers
Opening Doors: The Kindergarten Canvass
Going Door-to-Door for Kindergarten
Behind the Scenes of the Canvass
First Niagara honored for Boost! support
The ART of School Success
White House Lauds Boost!
Jack Healy on Boost!
Media Coverage of the Kindergarten Canvass
WTNH-TV Coverage of the Kindergarten Canvass
Education Week's coverage of the Kindergarten Canvass
New Haven Register video coverage of the canvass
NBC-CT TV coverage of hte canvass
New Haven Register canvass coverage
New Haven Independent canvass coverage