Our Work


Increase graduation rates in Washington, D.C. and prepare students for college or careers.


Eastern_Logo.jpgFounded in 1890, Eastern Senior High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, provides engaging, college preparatory coursework and extra-curricular learning experiences to ensure all students graduate with the content knowledge, character, and confidence to serve as innovative, inclusive global leaders.

Eastern and its community of middle and elementary schools serve nearly 9,000 students, comprised predominantly of minority students from across the District of Columbia.

Companies for Causes strategically invests in the Eastern Senior High School community to support school leaders in their efforts to engage students and ensure students stay on the path to graduation.

Through the All Roads Lead to Graduation project, Companies for Causes brings our knowledge, skills, and expertise to identify and leverage resources to prepare students for college and careers by supporting: 

  • Academic Success. We support school communities in their work to provide well-rounded, hands-on learning experiences and to ensure students remain on track to graduation. 
  • Career & College Readiness. We ensure all high school students visit colleges and we support innovative efforts to prepare students for success in college. Through our Easternship program, we host student internships and provide professional development
  • Support School Culture. We honor students for their achievements inside and outside
    the classroom. We support leadership development and help ensure schools are
    appropriately staffed. We also work with school communities and partners to remove
    out-of-school barriers to student success.

 You can read a case study on our work here.

Companies for Causes’s efforts support the District of Columbia
Public Schools five-year strategic plan to:

  1. Improve Achievement Rates. At least 70% of DCPS students will be proficient in
    reading and math, and they will double the number of advanced students in the district.

  2. Invest in Struggling Schools. DCPS’ 40 lowest-performing schools will increase
    proficiency rates by 40 percentage points.

  3. Increase Graduation Rate. At least 75% of entering 9th graders will graduate from
    high school in four years.

  4. Improve Satisfaction. 90% of students will say they like their school.

  5. Increase Enrollment. DCPS will increase its enrollment over five years.


“We will facilitate the resources, negotiate partnerships with nonprofit supporters, mentor and tutor students and parents, cater meals, and fund and coordinate enrichment field trips and summer learning.”

– Tom Raffa on the partnership with Eastern High School