As a professional services agency focused on developing high-performing schools and school districts, NC New Schools / Breakthrough Learning believes that every student deserves to graduate ready for college and careers so they can provide for themselves, their family and their community.
To make that belief a reality, we've worked since 2003 to develop highly capable educators and innovative school and district models to meet the individual needs of each student. We partner with schools and districts across the state -- as well as partners in business and industry, government, community colleges, and universities -- to provide world-class learning for educators to transform teaching and learning to be relevant today and tomorrow.
More than a decade later, the number of partner districts and schools has grown more than five-fold -- to more than 130 -- and partnerships are expanding to include districtwide and regional strategies to extend beyond individual schools. Nearly three quarters of North Carolina's 100 counties host at least one of these innovative schools, which follow a variety of designs to achieve the single goal of graduating all students well prepared. The data show that districts and schools that partner with our network get better results for their students -- reducing dropouts, improving graduation rates, outperforming traditional schools on state testing results, and increasing overall student achievement.