Model & Strategy

Equal Opportunity Schools is dedicated to supporting high school students in meeting their academic potential by identifying, enrolling and supporting otherwise overlooked candidates in challenging college preparatory classes. Recognizing that increased academic rigor is an entry point to college and career success, Equal Opportunity Schools aims to ensure that all students have a fair chance at meeting their full potential by having access to upper level course work. EOS works with school administrators, teachers and stakeholders to develop a school-specific plan to reach and support underserved high achievers.

Equal Opportunity Schools provides strategies that are responsive to school culture and include methods for identifying, recruiting and supporting students; for designing rigorous course content and delivery and for tracking progress toward success. With a commitment to closing a race and socioeconomic achievement gap, EOS guides educators in supporting all students to work at their highest capacity through access to honors level, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate caliber course work.

EOS will close national race and income enrollment gaps in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes nationwide by reaching 670,000 “missing” minority and low-income students per year at 4,400 schools within the decade.

At a Glance
Founded: 2010
Education
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
Equal Opportunity Schools
130 Nickerson Street
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98109
Upgrading learning. Closing gaps. Transforming lives.
Reid Saaris of Equal Opportunity Schools
Meet Reid Saaris

Reid Saaris graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in government, magna cum laude and certification to teach secondary school social studies. His thesis, which traced the roots of political inequality to educational inequalities, received the Thomas Hoopes Prize for Excellence. After graduating, Saaris taught social studies and coached at a large, rural high school in South Carolina for three years. In his last year, he was promoted to an administrative position, heading the AP and IB programs at the school, doubling their enrollment across previously ignored demographics to become the largest of its kind in the state. Saaris believed he had found a relatively simple, high-impact reform that could transform the lives of overlooked high achievers across the country: encouraging and supporting high academic rigor among all students. Hence he founded Equal Opportunity Schools. While attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business School and School of Education, he ran Equal Opportunity Schools’ first district-level partnership with the San Jose Unified School District. He received Stanford’s only 2010 Social Innovation Fellowship and is also an Echoing Green Fellow.

IMPACT

EOS recently launched a 5-year goal to increase EOS’ cumulative students found to exceed a quarter of a million students by 2022.

EOS will close national race and income enrollment gaps in AP and IB classes nationwide by reaching 670,000 “missing” minority and low-income students per year at 4,400 schools within the decade.

Schools partnering with EOS have seen substantial growth in the number of students passing college-aligned AP/IB exams.

  • RT @leadlearnpasco: Love seeing the commitment to open access and the encouragement to follow your passions in AP classes. Way to go @TheCo…
  • RT @PHSCoach_Ayers: We celebrated the accomplishments of our @EqualOppSchools cohort today! A big thanks to @ClemsonHonors for sharing Dr.…
  • RT @Melissa_Resh: Our current #AP students sharing the love around AP classes with prospective AP students. @LakeViewHS is increasing acces…
  • RT @pjkarafiol: In AP Cafes, ⁦@LakeViewHS⁩ upperclass students talk with sophomores to help them choose AP classes #equity ⁦@EqualOppSchool…
  • RT @204Secondary: Excited to serve as host for @EqualOppSchools 3rd session of Equity Leader Labs! Great day of collaboration with other di…
  • RT @LITinthelibrary: @ap_ib and @IBDPatSVHS present IB and AP opportunities to @SenecaValleyHS students with great potential! @EqualOppScho…
  • RT @SeaPPC: Glad to meet some great new neighbors @EqualOppSchools at @Urban_Worklofts, they advocate for underrepresented students in educ…
  • RT @KA_Hoyt: Delores from @EqualOppSchools and Carlos our exceptional @BigIPatriots AP student talking to a great group of students and pa…
  • RT @edu_sanders70: @EqualOppSchools I’m 2016, Worked with Eddie at @OKCPS. He helped me grow and open my eyes to opportunities that encoura…
  • RT @EqualOppSchools: Addressing Equity in our Schools: After 31 years in the public-school system, I transitioned to EOS, which focuses on…
  • RT @EqualOppSchools: Eddie Lincoln, senior director with Equal Opportunity Schools, leads a session with local school leaders on how to ide…
  • Pioneering spirit: How one school helps Latino students tackle AP tests Reid Saaris, is quoted on how African-Ameri… https://t.co/m0bWCVBulJ
  • Integrating Classrooms and Reducing Academic Tracking: Strategies for School Leaders and Educators "...EOS sets a g… https://t.co/tTBkVdNOko
  • Reflections on EOS and Our Accomplishments Today is my last day as CEO, and I am excited to hand off leadership of… https://t.co/koEneLWzZe
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  • Addressing Equity in our Schools: After 31 years in the public-school system, I transitioned to EOS, which focuses… https://t.co/s5qy7FVPkA
  • Eddie Lincoln, senior director with Equal Opportunity Schools, leads a session with local school leaders on how to… https://t.co/mX2m72CewD