Student Success


Student Sponsor Partners has been helping low-income young people graduate from high school since 1986. Our model of giving each student access to a quality non-public education and the guidance of a four-year mentor is proven; below are some facts that speak to Student Sponsor Partners’ record of success.

Student Sponsor Partners students graduate from high school

Over 85% of SSP® students graduate from high school each year. This compares to a New York City graduation rate of 64.2% in June 2014.

Student Sponsor Partners students go to college

Each year over 95% of our graduates attend college compared to around 50% of their peers.


SSP students are three times more likely to graduate from high school than their peers in the New York City public schools.

Each year, over 85% of SSP students graduate from high school. This compares to a New York City graduation rate of 64.2% in June 2014.

SSP students go to college.

In the SSP graduating class of 2013, over 93% of graduates were accepted to college. This compares to a rate of approximately 50% among New York City’s public high school graduates.

SSP students receive millions of dollars in college scholarships and grants.

The class of 2013 is financing their college education with over $17 million in scholarships and grants. Throughout Student Sponsor Partners’ history, students have been the recipients of the New York Times Scholarship, the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and the POSSE Foundation Scholarship .

SSP is growing.

In 1986, SSP started with just 45 students, 45 sponsors, and 2 schools. In 2014, we serve over 1,200 SSP students at 23 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Student Sponsor Partners’ model has also been replicated in many other communities around the nation and world, including Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Johannesburg, South Africa.

SSP students give back to Student Sponsor Partners.

To date, over 50 SSP graduates have returned to SSP to mentor and sponsor students.