Forbes piece by Kerry McDonald highlights CSF participating schools

From left: Lois Gregory of The Learning Tree; Alfonzo Forrest and A.B. Whitfield of Trey Whitfield School, and Jasmin Hoyt of Great Oaks Elementary School were featured in Kerry McDonald’s piece in Forbes.

Author Kerry McDonald highlights Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) and several CSF participating schools in a new Forbes piece, “The Not-So-Secret World Of Low-Cost New York City Private Schools,” out today. McDonald, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and host of the LiberatED Podcast, regularly covers innovative schools all over the country, and we are thrilled she is bringing attention to schools attended by CSF Scholars in New York City. The school leaders she features are true unsung heroes who deserve a lot more credit than they usually receive. For example: 

  • Trey Whitfield School in East New York, where, as Co-Founder A.B. Whitfield told McDonald, many alumni go on “to earn scholarships to prestigious high schools, attend world-class colleges, and have successful careers;”
  • The Learning Tree Cultural Preparatory School in the Bronx, which Principal Lois Gregory founded “as a place to foster intellectual and creative growth and instill in children a deep sense of self-confidence” after growing up during the Jim Crow era, and
  • Great Oaks Elementary School in Brooklyn, where Principal Jasmin Hoyt told McDonald, “I am here to give these scholars the best possible education they can have at this time.”

McDonald’s piece concludes: For now, the scores of low-cost private schools in New York City do what they can to make their programs as accessible as possible to the low-income families that want that choice. In addition to relying on CSF student scholarships, school founders tirelessly seek out grants, host fundraisers, and cut as many costs as possible while retaining the high-quality academic standards that attract families to their schools. These founders are driven by a deep desire to expand educational opportunity to all children, especially to those who have been historically marginalized.” 

Read the full piece on the Forbes website

Students from The Learning Tree performed an African dance at CSF’s School Choice Week celebration in January, 2019.