Partner G.A. Finch was recently asked to join the Concept Schools Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee were requested to share their experience, expertise, wisdom and vision to help Concept Schools to be the best and highest performing charter management organization in the country. Concept Schools has grown to manage 27 charter schools in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. The Concept-managed schools implement the same model of college prep focusing on math, science, and technology with high standards and expectations for all of its students. All of its schools reside in an urban setting, and they have a 100% college acceptance rate. Additionally, the demographics of its schools include students who come from economically disadvantaged families that vary from 60% to 99%, while 80% of these schools' graduates are first generations in their families to attend college. "I have gotten to know the founders and executives of Concept Schools and have marveled at the consistent success of their schools for children from diverse backgrounds," noted Mr. Finch.
G.A. has had a life-long interest in educational achievement motivation and has served on a variety of educational boards and councils, including Hampshire College, Robert Morris College, Commonwealth School (Boston), University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, City Colleges of Chicago, and Decatur Classical School.