Welcome to The Chad School Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1991, The Chad School Foundation, Inc. is an education policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve conditions in public school systems serving disadvantaged children. Through the commissioning of research and white papers and convening of key policy and decision makers, the Foundation champions promising efforts to create high-quality public schools. Chad also assists in providing opportunities to alter the life chances of low-income, yet aspiring students through a limited number of academic scholarships

Newark -- On May 28, 2014, Chad hosted its second Annual Scholars Awards Reception at Maize Restaurant, where it recognized four academically-gifted young people and honored one of Newark’s most successful educators.   The 2014 Chad Scholars were each awarded a four-year, $10,000 scholarship:

  • Joshua Gyimah, a senior at Bard High School Early College, will attend Rutgers University.
  • Linda Meliani, a Montclair High School senior, will attend the University of Virginia. 
  • Naquaisha Rattray, ranked number one in her senior class at Malcolm X Shabazz High School, will attend Clark Atlanta University.
  • Sofia Marie Ribeiro, a Science Park High School senior, will attend Boston College.

Chad also presented its second Distinguished Educator Award by bestowing this year’s honor on American History High School Principal, Mr. A. Robert Gregory.  Under his leadership, American History High School has achieved a college-going rate of 97%.
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photo caption: Mr. Robert Gregory, Principal, American History High School and 2014 Chad Distinguished Educator; Kim Weeks Johnson, Chad Treasurer and Trustee; Dr. Kia Grundy, Chad Board Chair; Michelle Diaz, Chad Trustee; Naquaisha Rattray, 2014 Chad Scholar; Sofia Ribeiro, 2014 Chad Scholar; Linda Meliani, 2014 Chad Scholar; Joshua Gyimah, 2014 Chad Scholar;  Reginald Lewis, Chad Foundation Executive Director


Chad Sponsors March 2013 Special Education


The Chad School Foundation supports Special Education Community Forum. The forum was held on March 12, 2013, in Newark, NJ. Cami Anderson, Superintendent of Newark Schools guest speaker.


Recent Developments

The Chad School Foundation Special Education Roundtable Report (PDF)

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On May 30, 2013, the Chad School Foundation hosted its first Annual Scholars Awards Reception, where it recognized five academically-gifted young people and honored one of Newark’s most successful educators.
Five Newark-area college-bound high school seniors were each awarded a four-year, $10,000 scholarship:

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  • Ivy Adu Poku, a Shabazz High School senior, will attend Rutgers University

  • Brionna Robinson, at 16, is the youngest senior at Science Park High School. She will attend Rutgers University.

  • Caitlyn Oliveira, a senior at Arts High School, will attend Kean University.

  • Lucas Almeida, an East Side High School senior, will attend Montclair State University

  • Al-Jani Brice, an East Orange Campus High School senior, will attend Rutgers University.

Chad also inaugurated its first Distinguished Educator Award by bestowing this honor on former Interim Newark Schools Superintendent, Deborah Terrell. Ms. Terrell retired after 32 years of service and a record of accomplishments that include leading two schools that received the coveted national Blue Ribbon School recognition by the United States Department of Education.

The Reception was made possible by the generous support of State Farm, Lowenstein Sandler, City National Bank, Bollinger Insurance, and Noble Strategy, LLC.

Chad Partners with Essence Editor Emeritus, Susan L. Taylor

On October 15, 2012, Greater Newark CARES, an affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement Founded by Susan L. Taylor, received a $5000 grant from the Foundation. Chad and Greater Newark Cares will work to connect positive African American role models with some of Newark’s most vulnerable children. Chad's monetary support will assist in developing a local collaborative structure to accelerate existing mentoring activity in the city.

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On September 28th, 2012, Chad announced its $6,000 grant award to BRICK: Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids.  BRICK, a local teacher-grown education management nonprofit organization, will use these funds to support its Early Childhood parent involvement program.

FOUNDATION AWARDS $30,000 in Scholarships
2012 awardees
On August 7, 2012, the Foundation, made scholarship awards totaling $30,000 in cash assistance to three college-bound Newark Public School students: Robert Emmanuel, a graduate of University High School; Patrice Gamble, also a graduate of University; and Ming Ding Weng, a graduate of Science Park High School. All three students received four-year $10,000 scholarships to attend their respective colleges and universities.