Mission & History


Our mission is to transform the lives of students – especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college – by preparing them for success in college, in careers, and in life.

Our MissionWe accomplish this in our three small, Bay Area urban public schools through our nationally-recognized Portfolio Defense education model, in which students regularly present and defend their academic work, their growth, and their readiness to advance. Our students are empowered to reach higher and go farther, to set educational goals for themselves, persist through challenges, and succeed on their chosen paths of college and career.

The majority of our students come from low-income communities of color, and about 75% of our students are “first generation,” meaning they will be the first in their families to graduate from college. By preparing these students for college success and supporting them to get that college degree, we are helping them transform the future, for themselves and their families.

Our HistoryThe Portfolio Defense model works: 99% of our students go on to college, and 90% of them persist – they stick with it despite the challenges. We are incredibly proud of our students, and we look forward to having you join our community: learn how to enroll; visit one of our campuses; or become a supporter!

Learn more about how we are sharing the Portfolio Defense model with educators across the nation: Building on the success of our schools, Envision Education created a consultancy division in 2010, called Envision Learning Partners, to transform the educational experience for students across the country. Envision Learning Partners works with progressive teachers and leaders throughout the United States to create vibrant schools and empower students to take control of their own learning



At Envision Education, we believe the current achievement gap reflects a systemic failure to understand how kids learn, what motivates them to learn, and what they need in order to learn well. In response to this problem, Envision Education was co-created by Daniel McLaughlin, a former Senior Research Associate at WestEd, and Bob Lenz, an award-winning teacher and nationally recognized school reform leader who remains on our Board of Directors. Envision began operations as a 501(c)(3) charter school management organization in June 2002.