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