OnePurpose School, Inc. K-12 Breakthrough Models

Primary Contact Name: 
Daniel McLaughlin
Funding Framework: 
Grant Type: 
National Planning
Start Date: 
Fall 2015
Startup Type: 
New School

School: OnePurpose School
Grades Served: PK-12 (starting with PK-1)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Operator: OnePurpose School, Inc.
Operator Type: Charter
Setting: Urban
Students at Start: 120
Students at Capacity: 900

Hallmark Feature: Project-based, blended learning model serving an ELL population

  • The first school for this new charter organization will open with students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade, growing one grade each year up to 12th grade.
  • The vision for OnePurpose School is that its students—who will hail from the Mission District of San Francisco and are predominantly children of color, English language learners, and low-income—will break the cycle of poverty for a new life trajectory, graduating college at seven times the rate of existing high schools in the Mission.
  • The model employs blended learning within a project-based learning model in a STEM-focused curriculum.
  • The school model incorporates intensive social-emotional supports to serve an extremely high-need population. Student agency and control over what and how they learn is a key element of that support.