Mission & History

SMART Mission Statement

SMART provides low-income students access to an exceptional education and the skills needed to thrive in college and in life.

SMART Description

Only 9% of low-income students earn a college degree. SMART closes the achievement gap by providing these students with access to academically rigorous schools, and with intensive social, emotional and academic support from grades 5-12. 94% of SMART students attend college, forever altering the trajectory of their lives, and the lives of their families and communities.

History of SMART

SMART began operations in 1997 as a result of the harnessed passion and vision shared by three friends. Individually, they enjoy highly successful careers and attribute this success to the quality education and support system to which they had access. Upon achieving their professional goals, they committed themselves to giving back to the community and unanimously came to the decision to start an organization that provides access to education and opportunities for financially-disadvantaged students in San Francisco.