SMART Impact

SMART Informational Videos

The SMART Journey from SMART on Vimeo.


Special Thanks to Jesse Moss Films

Core Competencies

  • Individualized, wrap around support ensuring the success of each SMART Scholar
  • Placement and support of students at academically rigorous schools
  • Building Partnerships
  • Supporting whole families
  • Building community for students, families and volunteers

SMART Advantage

SMART supports academically rigorous schools in their efforts to sustain a diverse and inclusive student body.

Unique & Unparalleled Programming
SMART is the ONLY San Francisco organization with a primary focus on academically rigorous school partnerships. SMART's breadth and depth of support is unparalleled.

Recruitment and Structured Screening of Candidates
SMART expertly identifies potential in under-resourced youth and their ability to excel in challenging environments.

Scholarship & Tuition Support
SMART families receive the BASIC Fund scholarships and SMART staff ensure paperwork and tax forms are filled out. Families contribute $500 a year toward their school tuition.

Family Relationships
SMART develops strong relationships with families, earning their trust prior to partner school enrollment. SMART assists schools in ensuring that our families are vital, committed members of the school community. SMART ensures all paperwork is completed, and that 100% of families make annual fund contributions.

Academic Tutoring
Volunteer and professional tutors support students one-on-one in small group settings. Tutors receive biannual trainings and year-round support.

SMART supports the social and emotional needs of our Scholars through adult and peer mentoring.

Faculty/Staff Liaison
SMART staff initiates routine communication with partner schools regarding the progress of each SMART Scholar. SMART staff effectively facilitates communication between schools and families.

Partner School Application / College Counseling
In conjunction with our partner schools, SMART provides assistance with students' application and financial aid processes.

Direct Student Referrals
SMART partner schools may refer low-income students already in their school community to SMART. Entry points are available in the 4th grade, and we also accept referrals for 6th and 9th grade alternative entry.

SMART has presented at National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), People of Color Conference (POCC), as well as to independent school faculty on topics ranging from effective recruitment to support of traditionally underrepresented students. Most recently, SMART co-facilitated a workshop with Alison Park of Blink Consulting entitled: You Belong Here: Helping Traditionally Underrepresented Students Thrive in Indpendent Schools.