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EXCELerator is a school improvement model developed with the College Board. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to fund a five-year pilot project with a $16 million grant. For the 2006–2007 school year, a total of eleven schools were selected in three large urban districts where the graduation rate was well below the national average and minority enrollment was above 50%.
The initial districts and schools chosen were:
John F. Kennedy High School
For the 2007–2008 school year, sixteen additional schools were selected, for a total of 27.
The phase II districts and schools included:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Aug 31, 2006- New Investment Broadens College Board’s National Education Reform Effort to Ensure More Students Graduate Ready for College and Work[dead link]
- The College Board website: Jan 23, 2007-Expansion of EXCELerator Schools Project to Denver, CO, and Hillsborough County, FL (Tampa), School Districts