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Education transforms futures.

Our purpose is to prepare our 16,000+ TK-12 students for success in college, career, and life. We are Aspire Public Schools - 40 community-based public charter schools in California and Tennessee.

College For Certain

Our community of students, teachers, leaders, staff, and families are focused on ensuring every child’s aspirations – including college – are within reach.

Our Purpose

In 1998, we set out to open and operate small, high-quality charter schools in low-income neighborhoods in order to increase the academic performance of underserved students, develop effective educators, share successful practices with other forward-thinking educators, and catalyze change in public schools nationwide. Nearly twenty years later, our focus remains the same. Our schools are free, public schools serving grades TK-12 with a clear focus on College For Certain, even for our youngest scholars. Aspire currently operates 40 schools across three California regions (Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley) and one Tennessee region (Memphis).

Aspire By The Numbers

Students Enrolled
Post-Secondary Matriculation Rate
# College Courses Passed Prior to HS Graduation (Class of '17)

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We live in a society that provides some groups more or fewer opportunities based solely on factors they do not control. Read Aspire’s beliefs.

Equity @ Aspire


Student achievement is a critical measure of success for our schools. Learn more about Aspire students' academic progress.

Aspire Quality


Alder GSE for teacher training and certification. Schoolzilla for data analytics and insights. See how innovation is in our DNA.

Aspire Innovation

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