Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools lifts the educational trajectories of low-income students, ages 11–14, by partnering with middle schools across the country to expand the learning day.

Citizen Schools helps students improve their academic performance, and prepare for high school and college, by developing skills such as oral and written communications and critical thinking, and by exposing them to college and career pathways. “Citizen Teacher” volunteers engage them in "apprenticeships," hands-on learning projects that culminate in an end-of-semester event called a WOW! where students share their creations or what they have learned with families and community members.

Trained educators and AmeriCorps members build relationships with families, school staff, and external partners to foster a culture of achievement throughout partner schools.

Citizen Schools is nationally recognized for its work in expanded learning time, volunteer service and civic engagement.

2014 Highlights

  • Steven Rothstein assumed leadership of Citizen Schools when co-founder and CEO Eric Schwarz stepped down.
  • Citizen Schools strengthened its partnerships with corporate supporters like Fidelity Investments, Cisco, Biogen, and Cognizant, which provide the organization with volunteers as well as financial support.

  • Citizen Schools launched US2020, a new partnership of education nonprofits and corporate leaders in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field. The goal of the initiative is to mobilize one million STEM mentors annually by the year 2020, creating millions of life-changing moments of discovery when children launch rockets, build robots, write a computer program, or peer into the farthest reaches of the universe.

Youth Served



Students beginning the year with a C or below who improve their grade during the year in English Language Arts and/or math
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