Case Studies

Washington University in St. Louis is invested in the communities that border its campuses. The Institute for School Partnership implements deep, long-term, results-oriented partnerships with specific local schools to bring about measurable increases in student achievement.

ISP is particularly interested in exploring the community school reform model, where community and university resources come together in support of student development. We are working together with Arts & Sciences, Brown School and Olin Business School to create models of school excellence in the St. Louis region.

The university’s school partnerships operate on the theory that authentic, sustained partnerships with K-12 schools focused on school improvement will lead to effective, measurable change in educational leadership, teaching practice and student achievement.

Delve into case studies of our partnerships to see how we are working with specific schools and what we are learning.

University City Schools: Brittany Woods Middle School

Middle school students investigate nanotechnology with a WUSTL graduate studentBrittany Woods is a middle school serving students in University City, Missouri. Predominantly made up of students from middle-class working families, the school began facing more challenges as socioeconomic indicators of area residents began to ebb.
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KIPP Inspire Academy

Students and teachers at the KIPP School in South St. Louis.KIPP Inspire Academy opened its doors in 2009 as a charter school when Washington University in St. Louis agreed to be its institutional sponsor. As a middle school, it serves approximately 250 students, almost all from economically disadvantaged families.
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Hazelwood School District

Hazelwood High School chemistry students making microbial fuel cells.The Hazelwood School District contains 20 elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools. Notable for its size, it covers a large portion of North St. Louis County, Missouri, including portions of Florissant, Hazelwood, Black Jack, Spanish Lake, Ferguson, Bellfontaine Neighbors and Bridgeton.
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