“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela
In 2014 the ESI School Design Fellowship, an outgrowth of the NYC mayor’s YMI initiative
and the Expanded Success Initiative
(and with generous support from Open Society Foundations
), designed and prepared to open the EPIC High Schools
. The EPIC High School model is designed to make learning responsive, engaging and accessible. We develop graduates with a positive sense of self, ready to stand for social justice. EPIC’s personalized approach to instruction challenges students to dream big and design their futures. It engages students in solving real-world problems and supports their individual progress and growth. EPIC students graduate confident in their ability to transform the world around them, prepared for higher learning and a meaningful career.
Now, the ESI design Fellows have been tasked with applying their research based model to the new Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, which opened in September 2014. While the NMSSJ is not a direct outgrowth of the ESI Design process, it will be using the same model as the EPIC schools and will work closely together to improve the academic outcomes and college readiness of all students of color.