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Tiger Ventures finalist for $10 million grant

UE Tiger Ventures has made the final cut to becoming a super school after receiving notification that its proposal moved past the final development round and is a finalist in the XQ: The Super School Project. Tiger Ventures was one of 348 proposals accepted in the final development round out of nearly 700 proposals that were initially submitted. Of the approximately 50 finalists, five are expected to be awarded $10 million each to implement their plans.

XQ: The Super School Project, stated, “After a thorough review of all semi-finalist applications, we are thrilled to inform you that we have identified Tiger Ventures as a Finalist in XQ: The Super School Project contest.”

Superintendent Dr. Suzanne McLeod said, “We have gone from one of many thousands who submitted a concept, to one of many hundreds who fleshed out a proposal, to now one of the final fifty. I cannot thank our UE team enough for all their time, dedication, and true care and concern for the students of UE. What has grown from our initial concept of trying to find a way to close the final 10 percent of our graduation gap, to something that not only "reinvents high school", but also has the potential to be an economic driver in our community.”

In addition, last week, XQ sent Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch to UE to film the innovative approach the district is taking with Tiger Ventures. Hirsch is creating a documentary in a multi-year effort to tell the stories of the American schools vying for this grant. His day-long visit to Tiger Ventures, which is housed at the newly-opened Linnaeus W. West (LWW), included filming the school and classrooms, and interviewing the UE XQ grant team on what the grant will mean to the district, how the money would be used, and what makes Tiger Ventures unique.


In an effort to rethink high school, the XQ Super School Project was an open contest inviting teams to reimagine the American high school to prepare students for the challenges they face today and tomorrow: in college, in the workplace and in life.

The Tiger Ventures team is Dr. Suzanne McLeod, district superintendent, Ron Fisher, coordinator of Tiger Ventures, Mary Mullock, director of technology & information services, Christine Coveney, director of 6-12 curriculum and instruction, Jenn Kazmark, coordinator of special education, and Andre Mathis, district registration.

Five winners are expected to be announced in August.
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