Charter Schools

We have been a leader in funding alternative education initiatives, including charter networks such as the ones listed below and many individual charter schools in New York City and New York State. A 2023 study by Stanford University found that across New York State, charter students receive the equivalent of 75 extra days of growth in reading, and 73 extra days in math, compared with demographically similar students at district schools. The Study included over 80 percent of tested public-school students in the US. Students at one of our grantees, Success Academy, achieved a staggering 206 additional days of learning in math and 107 days in reading compared to surrounding traditional public-school peers.

  • Achievement First
  • Ascend Public Charter Schools
  • Bronx Community Charter School
  • Brooklyn Charter School
  • Central Queens Academy Charter School
  • Challenge Charter School
  • Classical Charter Schools
  • Compass Charter School
  • Concourse Village Elementary School
  • Coney Island Prep Builders
  • Cultural Arts Academy Charter School
  • Democracy Prep
  • Icahn Charter Schools
  • KIPP
  • Manhattan Charter School
  • MESA Charter High School
  • Success Academy
  • The Equity Project Charter School
  • The Renaissance Charter School
  • Uncommon Schools
  • Independently, Heckscher Foundation CEO Peter Sloane was a founding trustee of the first charter school in New York State, Sisulu Victory Academy.

    We are thankful for the generous support from the Heckscher Foundation and our collaboration with Modern States, which has transformed the culture of college access and success for all of our students. Through the Modern States program and the CLEP Exams, MESA students have accumulated enough credits to enter college as sophomores. This has shifted the realm of possibilities for all of our students and families!
    Pagee Cheung
    Co-Executive Director, MESA Charter High School