Partner with Equal Opportunity Schools

Launch of “Lead Higher” Expands Access for Districts to Receive EOS Support

Key Coverage: NPR’s Marketplace, EdWeek, the White House blog

Project Overview:

  • A consortium of education, government, philanthropy, and business leaders led by Equal Opportunity Schools recently announced commitments to identify and enroll 100,000 low- income students and students-of-color who are ready, but currently overlooked, for success in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) high school classes across the country.
  • “Lead Higher” represents the largest and most-targeted effort ever to ensure low-income students and students of color are woven into the fabric of high academic achievement.
  • Project participants will join the 1% of schools nationally that fully reflect the diversity of their student body in AP & IB and outperform their peer schools.
  • Schools will receive access to match-funded technical assistance and possible grant funding, and will join a national cohort of Equal Opportunity Schools spanning 15 states.

Project Participation:

  • Starting in the 16-17 school year, 117 U.S high schools from around the country will join Lead Higher and EOS’s national network of school partners working together to close their AP and IB participation and success gaps.
  • Schools are chosen for participation in Lead Higher through a competitive application process conducted over the coming months. Select districts from around the country have been invited to apply to one of two cycles (Fall and Spring) based on research findings by EOS and The Education Trust.

How to Join:

  • Contact Acting Director of Strategic Initiatives Alexa Llibre ( to learn whether your school or district is eligible to apply to participate in Lead Higher.