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Request for Proposals: Planning for Post-Secondary Success for All Students

This RFP offers an opportunity for schools to deepen their understanding of high school students’ experiences in order to develop strategic plans that address student needs and promote postsecondary success.

This RFP is now closed.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is focused on providing a select group of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in New England the opportunity to take a close look at students and their experiences in high school and their postsecondary readiness in order to cultivate a comprehensive, strategic plan to better serve them. The RFP aligns with Barr’s Education program strategy, which seeks to nurture the development and expansion of new secondary school models in New England.

A thorough analysis of the strengths and needs of the student population, as well as the strengths and needs of the schools that serve them, is an essential building block for designing schools and programs that support student success in and beyond high school. This RFP responds to the many LEAs across New England seeking to gain a clearer, comprehensive understanding of their specific students, including their successes and their challenges in preparing them for post-secondary success, to inform future school transformation efforts.

Benefits to Participation

We anticipate that cohort of up to five grantees will be selected, who will each participate in the project in order to:

  • Gain a nuanced understanding of the students served, as well as how the structures, systems, and policies in place impact students’ academic trajectories. Barr will directly engage the strategy consulting firm EY-Parthenon on behalf of the grantees to conduct the high school student analysis, as well as to provide coaching and support on interpreting data, understanding the implications of findings, and translating them into actionable plans. Opportunities to collect and analyze qualitative data may also be available as warranted.
  • Exchange findings, insights, and ideas through a facilitated community of practice.
  • Develop a plan specific to the assets and needs in each LEA context that includes a robust set of action steps to address the findings, including school- and systems-level changes necessary to improve students’ readiness for success in college and career.

Grantees will receive an award of $150,000 to support their own participation in the analytic process and the development of the ensuing plan. High-quality analyses and plans for how to address the findings are essential foundational elements of a successful request for support, and Barr will consider grantee requests for additional support to advance high quality plans at the conclusion of the grant period.


This opportunity is open to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) – including both districts and charter school networks – that:

  • Have at least 1,500 students in grades 9 through 12.
  • Serve a student population comprised of at least 50 percent high needs students (i.e., the combination of low income/economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities).
  • Are located and serve students in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and/or Vermont.

LEAs with one high school or multiple high schools are eligible to apply.

Project Timeline

  • June 20, 2018: RFP released
  • June 28, 2018 at 9:30 am: Webinar for prospective applicants
  • July 25, 2018 by 4:00 pm: Proposals due
  • July-August 2018: Proposal review and follow-up
  • September/October 2018: Awards announced

Watch our recent webinar to learn more about the RFP process