External Support Organizations

The Foundation for Letters, and its predecessor, the Bronx Letters Advisory Board, helped raise over $4 million dollars since 2002 to support the Bronx Academy of Letters. Foundation for Letters CEO Mike Jackson, a co-founder of Bronx Letters and the Founding Chair of its Board, felt that external support, which supplemented the insufficient Department of Education funding that every public school receives, could make an enormous difference on the road to creating a successful school with a focus on literacy and writing engagement.

Principal Jeff Garrett speaks about the impact of the Foundation for Letters

The external support provided by the Board and ultimately the Foundation for Letters, helped build a successful school in the nation’s poorest congressional district. The Bronx Academy of Letters was named one of New York City’s top high schools in 2013 by the NY Daily News. The school has also been included on U.S. News and World Report’s “Nation’s Best High Schools” list, named one of Inside Schools.org’s NYC’s Best Public High Schools, and has consistently earned strong “A” ratings on NYC’s school report card.

Through our 12 years of experience at Bronx Letters, and with the materials, processes, procedures and blueprints we’ve created over those years, the Foundation for Letters has built a model of external (not government-based or connected to a city or statewide Board of Education) support for urban schools that is effective, efficient, and that unquestionably & measurably helps improve outcomes for students. The blueprint for this organization, an External Support Organization (ESO) is exportable – to other schools, other cities, other states. The Foundation is now focused on helping other schools create ESOs and similar support systems for their schools.