XQ - Super School Project

XQ supports educators, students, families, and other civic-minded people in their efforts to reimagine high school education in the United States. Our mission is to fuel America’s collective creativity to transform high school so every student succeeds - no matter their race, gender, or ZIP code. We want to see that change underway in every high school and in every community — all 14,000+ school districts across the nation.

XQ launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and redesign the American high school. More than 10,000 people from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico answered our call with unique ideas for innovative, student-centered high schools that prepare young people for tomorrow’s world.

We are supporting dozens of communities as they work to turn their groundbreaking ideas into reality—from individual high schools all across the country to entire districts and states. Among the list of XQ Schools are D.C.’s Washington Leadership Academy, where every student takes four years of computer science; Da Vinci RISE in Los Angeles, whose holistic approach helps students, including homeless and foster youth, take charge of their own learning; and Iowa BIG, where the whole community is the classroom and students work in teams to solve local problems. As Olivia, a 2018 graduate of Iowa BIG said, “I always just hovered in the middle in traditional school. Iowa BIG changed my whole perspective. I’m more than a grade on paper. I’m smart enough. I’m good enough. And I matter. I’m doing more than I ever thought I was capable of.”

XQ and Compass Academy

In August of 2017, Compass Academy was awarded a $2.5 million grant to help design and launch an innovative high school model. See the video below for more information on the collaboration between XQ and Compass Academy