Our Schools and Students

Read Ahead serves approximately 1,000 students, primarily from grades K-5, across 15 elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Our school partnerships are the foundation of our program. We achieve great impact with our students because of the support we receive from teachers and administrators. For many of our schools, we have been partnered for over 20 years.


Students are recommended by staff within our partner schools because they are:

Reading below grade level

English language learners

In need of social or emotional support to boost their self-confidence, their classroom performance, or their interest in reading.

Read Ahead Provides

Our program at no cost to the schools and students we serve.

New books and supplemental resources to ensure a fun and safe learning environment.

A Read Ahead program coordinator, who matches students with mentors and facilitates the program each day.

Schools provide

School staff, primarily teachers, identify students who would most benefit from having a reading mentor

Space for students and mentors to meet in one-on-one pairs such as classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, or libraries

Belief in and support for the importance and impact of the program

Our Schools

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