Our Mission

The Community Success Institute is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve educational outcomes for students living in at-risk and underserved communities in the United States. The Institute’s focus is on research, publishing, and advocacy to advance the creation of communities of trust in education.

Communities of trust in education are networks of relationships and the legal, technical, and human agreements that facilitate the exchange of information about students among parents, families, schools, and related service providers. Communities of trust allow student data to be shared among participants in a safe, secure, transparent, and auditable manner.

The Community Success Institute believes that building communities of trust is necessary in order to improve educational outcomes for all students and especially for those in at-risk and underserved communities.

We develop the expertise, tools, and processes necessary to empower communities to build their own trust frameworks. Research and design projects and their outcomes are documented and published by the Community Success Institute in an effort to promote an understanding of communities of trust in education and to advocate for their development.


The Right to Education

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

— The Universal Declaration of Human Rights