You can impact hundreds of students with a commitment to Equal Opportunity Schools.

Analysis has shown that each year in Illinois, approximately 17,000 students of color and low-income students are missing from the most rigorous classes at their schools.

Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), a non-profit organization operating across the nation with expertise in identifying “missing students” and helping leaders eliminate systemic barriers to rigorous learning opportunities, has entered into a partnership with the State of Illinois. To date, 25 Superintendents representing 52 schools across Illinois have engaged with EOS.

“We have tremendous human capital in Illinois,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Closing gaps in opportunity and support for our students drives economic and social growth for our communities. The success of our AP program shows what happens when we invest in equity.”


As a reminder, you attended one of our recent events in Illinois and we talked about these three topics:

  • Background on the important work Equal Opportunity Schools does – watch the video
  • Addressing the equity access challenge facing the majority of our high schools and the leadership guiding IL schools toward equity
  • Applications to EOS are due on March 30, 2021; State funding submissions are due later – apply here


Equity Case Studies

Barrington CUSD
Glenbard Township HS District
Leyden Community HS District









Click here for a list of partner districts and case studies.

Tell me more                Download Application                Submit Application