Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Members Visit City Charter High School in Pittsburgh.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Members Visit City Charter High School in Pittsburgh.

CEO Ron Sofo and a representative sample of City Charter High School teachers were on hand May 26th to welcome members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) Equity Action Team (EAT), an internal working group focused on investigating how the Foundation might more thoughtfully and strategically focus on equity in education. The team was interested in learning more about how City High is working to close the achievement gap and create better life and academic outcomes for its students of color and low-income.

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City High teachers were very excited to join in on the idea exchange. On the agenda – City High’s unconventional approach to high school education, including concepts like looping, technology certification as a way of ensuring career readiness, student internships and culturally responsive techniques in the curriculum, among other things.

It’s no surprise that City High attracted the attention of the BMGF, as this innovative charter school has produced three Gates Millennium Scholars in the past five years. This prestigious award goes to only 1,000 students nationwide each year.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. For more on the Gates Millennium Scholars program, visit: gmsp.org


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