Ewing Marion Kauffman School

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The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a rigorous college preparatory school founded in 2011 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with the purpose of creating college graduates.

The school design is based on inspiring examples of charter schools throughout the country that are helping urban students achieve at very high academic levels.


  • 5th and 6th graders averaged 1.5 grade levels of growth in reading in 2013
  • 5th and 6th graders averaged 1.3 grade levels of growth in math in 2013
  • 5th and 6th graders averaged 2.0 grade levels of growth in science in 2013

The concepts presented in Harvard Graduate School of Education senior lecturer Kay Merseth's book Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies in Five High-Performing Schools serve as guiding principles for the Kauffman School.

The mission of the Kauffman School is to prepare students to excel academically, graduate from college, and apply their unique talents in the world to create economically independent and personally fulfilling lives.

The Kauffman School has a longer school day (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a longer school year. Students receive two periods of math and two periods of reading/English instruction each day, and the school maintains high academic and behavioral standards.

Our expectation is that every single child who walks in our door is being prepared to succeed in and graduate from college.
— Hannah Lofthus,
Chief Academic Officer and Founding Principal,
Ewing Marion Kauffman School