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SMART provides low-income students access to an exceptional education and the skills needed to thrive in college and in life. Our organization is helping to break the cycle of poverty in San Francisco through equal access to quality education.

For 19 years, SMART has empowered students and their families to demand more from their educational communities. Working with students in 5th through 12th grades, SMART’s overall goal is to ensure that 100% of our Scholars graduate from high school and apply to and attend four-year colleges equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. 

SMART programming is comprised of three components:

Recruitment & Placement Services

SMART recruits students from some of San Francisco’s neediest communities and works closely with referral partners who help identify students and families who may benefit from our programming. We partner with over 30 partner middle and high schools in the Bay Area, and assist families through challenging application processes.

Middle School Achievement Program

SMART holds a six-week academic summer program for rising 5th and 6th grade students to prepare them for the transition into one of our partner schools. Once placed in a partner school, SMART Scholars attend our after-school programming twice weekly, with transportation provided, where they receive specialized curriculum as well as one-on-one tutoring support. Families are also supported through our family education series, continuous school-year support, and translation services.

College Access and Success Program

In high school, students attend once-a-week structured workshops where they are provided instruction in areas such as course selection, major and career exploration, college choices, and building study skills. Tutors with subject-specific skills are on-site to support any student who needs academic support. Students also receive one-on-one college counseling, as well as SAT and ACT prep courses, internship placement, college tours, and career conferences.

100% of SMART Scholars graduate high school and 94% of SMART alumni attend college. For more information, please visit


Contact information

Date Founded: 1997

Government ID number: 94-3287468

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Phone: 415-865-5400

Fax: 415-865-0505

1061 Market St, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA, 94103, US

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