Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools


The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools is the sister award to the Broad Prize for Urban Education which is awarded to traditional school districts.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation launched both awards to help schools and school districts across America learn from innovative public school systems producing the strongest student outcomes. 

The winner of the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools receives $250,000 for college-readiness efforts for low-income students such as scholarships, speaker series or campus visits.

A 14-member review board of prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives evaluates publicly available achievement data on 20 large established urban charter school systems when determining the awardee. The review board considers student outcomes, scalability, size, poverty and demographics and select the charter management organization that, in its judgment, shows the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps. The Broad Foundation does not play a role in selecting the winner.

2015: Noble Network of Charter Schools
2014: KIPP Schools
2013: Uncommon Schools
2012: YES Prep Public Schools, Houston



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YES Prep Public Schools Founder Chris Barbic (right) celebrates with President Jason Bernal after learning that YES Prep won the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools at the National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis on June 21, 2012.
Michael Milkie, founder, superintendent & CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, accepts the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools