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 800,000 “missing” minority and low-income students per year at 4,400 schools within the decade.

540 schools in 180 districts partnering with EOS have seen substantial growth in the number of students passing college-aligned AP/IB exams.

  • EOS seeks a Partnership Director-STEM Initiative, based in the Bay Area. The PD will lead implementation of the Act… https://t.co/rzpGjkU2z4
  • An excerpt from “Learning in the Fast Lane” By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Andrew E. Scanlan Across the four pilot hi… https://t.co/tzMV4fQmi8
  • Chicago Tackles Inequity In Advanced Courses At Some Schools https://t.co/u23iqm4AbZ
  • Chicago recruits outside firm to help it tackle gender, racial gaps in advanced courses https://t.co/9ysNGd4nd1
  • EOS presented with Glenbard District 87 at the National Principals Conference 'Leadership for Equity: Successful St… https://t.co/YPd2z1aER0
  • How data can close the education equity gap EOS is proud of our accomplishments and the partnership with Tableau Fo… https://t.co/TgcdxEq4Ze
  • EOS will be both exhibiting & speaking at the National Principals Conference, July 18-20, in Boston. Visit us in bo… https://t.co/qNvN4BjvJ7
  • RT @tableau: “Our efforts to desegregate opportunities are strengthened when we provide the best insights possible to educators and adminis…
  • RT @shahebags: Join us for two great sessions @PrincipalsConf in Boston next week. @NASSP @petmon63 @EqualOppSchools
  • EOS is seeking a Customer Support Specialist who will provide technical support to internal/external clients ensuri… https://t.co/yjyuKYkuCc
  • RT @BezosFoundation: High school student Olive Savoie dives into inequitable enrollment practices found throughout the nation’s high school…
  • RT @leadlearnpasco: THIS IS EVERYTHING! So proud of our students and for their hard work and focus.. Even more proud of the AP teachers in…
  • RT @highschoolpsych: Hey AP teachers: many of you have posted your successes today, great. Now use the next month to ask yourself: how open…
  • RT @BezosFoundation: Mark your calendars! Our @EqualOppSchools has set the date for their National Symposium on Equity, Access, and Opportu…
  • Thanks for the mention Aimee. To learn about the partnership between Iowa City schools and EOS, visit our website o… https://t.co/hMs8IvD9AL
  • RT @kritter12345: Student-teacher relationships increase students’ motivation in school, increase their ability to master academic material…
  • RT @kritter12345: Three Keys to Infusing Everyday Lessons with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) https://t.co/MiciAgcc4j @TyMartinez_tmb
  • RT @kritter12345: Wrapping up a short Week 1 of my new gig in my new digs. Happy 4th!