A Case Study for Change

A local public-private partnership to turn around failing schools one community at a time.

We believe that if you first focus on building amazing kids that test scores and other measures of academic success will naturally follow. And they have.

– Dr. Chad Gestson, Principal, Camelback High School

A once failing downtown Phoenix high school.

A visionary principal who refused to let his students fail.

A group of local business people who believe in Phoenix schools.

Since 2009, the Success is Mandatory project has given Camelback High School the edge its visionary principal needed to turn his school around. We hope that schools and communities around the country will find inspiration, ideas and action steps to replicate and even improve upon the success of our partnership. Follow our progress and tell us about your efforts at the schools that others have failed to improve or may have even given up on.

Together let’s find the formula for success.

Create …”an interactive website to share the Camelback High School/Social Venture Partners story and … provide information on an ongoing basis for those schools and communities seeking to replicate what has been done at Camelback High School.”

– Dr. Joseph Silver

What’s ahead

This website is being offered as a case study of this school transformation experience. The conclusion of those involved to date in this success story is that schools can benefit greatly from the time, talent and treasure of those in the local community.

Only time will tell, however, if the student outcome improvements generated to date at Camelback HS can be sustained and replicated. Or were the improvements obtained only due to a unique synergy among this particular group of highly-motivated students, teachers, community leaders and this uninhibited principal?

That is the ongoing focus of those involved in this project.

Read the Report

The ReportRead Camelback: A Model for Transformative Partnership to learn how Camelback High School has been transformed from a ‘failed school’ to ‘a school with promise.’

A Model for Your Community

This site will serve as an ongoing case study of a successful school transformation project. Our hope is that schools and communities around the country will find inspiration, ideas and action steps to replicate and even improve upon the success of our partnership and program.

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