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Our Mission

Propel Schools, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit federation of charter schools dedicated to catalyzing the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high-performing public schools.

This mission is pursued by opening and operating high-performance schools of choice. Propel has become one of the largest, fastest-expanding set of charter schools in the state. Propel Schools is a network of 13 public charter schools throughout Allegheny County that began in the basement of a Homestead hospital in 2003. We were founded with the mission to provide high-quality schools to underserved communities. Over the years, we have grown to serve approximately 4,000 students. If we were considered a traditional school district, Propel would be the 5th largest district in Pennsylvania.

Each of our schools provides a rigorous academic environment but one where the education can be personalized so that scholars are prepared for the future, whether they choose a career path or college. Propel Schools offer small class sizes that focus on providing each scholar with support and individualized attention. Propel prides itself in setting the standard for our scholars to become productive citizens by prioritizing academic excellence and fundamental life skills. Propel has become both a regional asset and a national model, providing measurable evidence of how innovative public schools can expand opportunities for children and families and revitalize communities.