City Connects students outperformed their comparison-school peers on grade point averages (GPAs) in middle school. Across all grades, in all middle school GPA calculations, students formerly in City Connects demonstrated higher mean GPAs than those from comparison schools. Specifically:


• Students enrolled in City Connects elementary schools demonstrated significantly higher GPAs overall in Mathematics in grades 6, 7, and 8
• Similarly, students enrolled in City Connects elementary schools demonstrated significantly higher GPAs overall in English/Language Arts in grades 6 and 7


These findings show that the positive effects of City Connects continue after students leave a City Connects elementary school and move into middle school.

Source: The Impact of City Connects: Progress Report 2012. Chestnut Hill, MA: Center for Optimized Student Support.