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35 Years of supporting students
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35 Years of supporting students

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Education Success Foundation is a kinetic and responsive organization; our identity has evolved significantly over 35 years in response to- and in some ways to DRIVE- the education landscape in Rochester and surrounding areas. At the heart of our story is The Norman Howard School, which began in 1980 by a small group of concerned parents and professionals. Our first school blossomed from a need for a school where students could engage differently. The school supported learning and social growth through effective strategies and became the predominant school in the area serving students students with learning difficulties. The Norman Howard student and alumni success stories are profuse and compelling. 

The success achieved by the Norman Howard community, parents and school leaders recognized, was something that could and should be replicated. The strategies which had helped 99% of our Norman Howard students graduate over 35 years alongside their peers were too important to be a secret. Other students struggling with the social and academic aspects of school deserve a chance to experience the opportunities that come along with educational success.

EnCompass: Resources for Learning was created to become the community-based version of the Norman Howard School- helping students with in-school, after school, and summer learning supports. EnCompass was reaching so many more students that we created a new standard for data-driven instruction. We implemented universal measurement tools, and integrated evidence-based and best practices to assure and demonstrate that the EnCompass approach was working. 

Comprehensive and holistic afterschool and summer programming became a priority in Rochester. Consolidating the organizations under one larger foundation and organization meant Education Enterprise of NY was able to capture state and county dollars to fund programming at The Norman Howard School and expland EnCompass programs. 

Education Enterprise of NY, under the stewardship of Board Chairman, Richard Sands and other dedicated leaders, continued to respond to and drive educational systems change. Realizing that the organization's expertise in school start-up and support services could create programatic enrichment and cost-savings, the organization began partnerships with existing and proposed charter schools in the City of Rochtester- including Discovery Charter School. 

The "big bang" which created The Norman Howard School in 1980 has become Education Success Foundation, a growing and thriving constellation of financially and ethically strong organizations with student success at the core.

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