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MetLife/NASSP Breakthrough Schools Program


Sponsored by MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals

Contact:Josephine Franklin, Associate Director for Research and Information Resources
1904 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-1537

Phone: 703.860.7281 (Josephine Franklin)
Description:The MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Breakthrough Schools program works to identify, recognize, and showcase middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. Eligible schools are middle schools and high schools (grades 6 through 12) with 40 percent or more of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals and schools that serve kindergarten through grade 12 or kindergarten through grade 8 with 40 percent or more of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. (Note that a school must include middle level or high school grades to be eligible.) Membership in NASSP is not required.

Schools within the United States and Department of Defense Education Activity schools can be nominated and anyone may nominate. All nominated schools must complete the Breakthrough Schools nomination form, available on the NASSP website. The completed application form and supporting documentation may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the NASSP contact person.

Schools are judged on collaborative leadership; personalization, including attention to all students; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Nominated schools must demonstrate continuous growth on state assessments over time, including graduation rate for high schools, and specific efforts toward reducing the achievement gap. Additional success indicators are evidence of equity of student participation in challenging courses, academic- and career-focused personal learning plans for all students, school-community connections, and leadership development or mentoring of students.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Ten schools honored as Breakthrough Schools will each receive a $5,000 grant and be featured in the NASSP publication, “Principal Leadership,” and at the NASSP Annual Conference and other venues throughout the year.
Deadline(s):Nominations are due June 30, annually.
Focus:Advanced Placement/Academic Achievement, Assessment, At Risk, Career and College Readiness, Community Involvement, General Education, Interning/Mentoring, Professional Development, Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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