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Phone: 415-865-5400
1345 Mission St
San Francisco
California 94103

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Target demographics: motivated, low-income students and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 Fifth Graders in our Placement Services; 55 sixth through eighth grade Scholars

Geographic areas served: San Francisco

Programs: Placement and advocacy into one of our 21 partner private schools. SMART recruits motivated, low-income students and support families through the complicated school and financial aid application process to ensure the best fit of the school for the individual student. Middle School Achievement Program (MAP) provides academic, social and emotional support for 5th - 8th grade students attending one of our partner schools. Scholars are provided with 2x a week after-school program (with transportation provided), one-on-one match with volunteer tutors and mentors, and individualized academic support plans. Students then transition into our newly developed College Access Program (CAP) from 9th-12th grades, which provides access and support to ensure 100% of our high school seniors apply and enroll in a 4-year college. We also offer Family Education Series and Academic Summer Enrichment Programs.

Founded in 1997, SMART's mission is to provide motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and family support services that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Over 94% of college-aged SMART alumni have enrolled in college; nationally, less than 10% of low-income students who graduate high school pursue higher education.

For the past 4 years, 100% of our graduating 8th graders have been accepted into a charter or private high school, enabling them to continue learning at an advanced level. In 2013, 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to and enrolled in a 4-year college!

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This is my second year being at tutor at SMART and it is by far my favorite time of the week. The staff at SMART are so dedicated and organized that tutoring is a breeze and so rewarding. I feel adequately trained and prepared to help my student succeed. Of course my student is wonderful, as are all... more »
SMART makes an impact in very tangible and powerful ways. Children who enter the SMART program are virtually assured of attending a college-track high school and have a very high probability of attending college. SMART attracts not just the brightest students, but most importantly those with the ... more »
The SMART community has offered and brought me many opportunities for which I'm truly grateful for. In fifth grade, the SMART program presented me with a scholarship for a private middle school that my family couldn't afford and, knowing that this was a rare and incredible opportunity, my parents ... more »
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