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Our History

Success Bound (formerly called 6to16) was created in Chicago by a group of educators, in partnership with researchers, to support 36 CPS schools. Since its inception a decade ago, Success Bound has grown to support schools, districts, and organizations across the United States in preparing middle school students to pursue thriving futures.

2024-2025

  • Success Bound launches as a non-profit organization separate from the Lefkofsky Family Foundation
  • Success Bound partners with the YMCA
  • Expands to Indianapolis Public Schools (Indiana)
  • 336 Success Bound schools and counting

2023-2024

  • CPS Success Bound launches in Chicago Public Schools
  • Success Bound relaunches with enhanced content and deeper alignment to social and emotional learning skills
  • Expands to Aurora Public Schools (Colorado)

2022-2023

  • Chicago Success Bound schools show student GPA growth at a higher rate than those not using Success Bound

2021-2022

  • Success Bound rebrands and launches a website to house the curriculum and supporting materials
  • Partners with Chicago Public Schools to develop a college and career aligned curriculum for grades 6-12

2020-2021

  • American Institute of Research sees early signs of success with Success Bound

2019-2020

  • Success Bound transitions professional learning and curriculum online for flexibility during the start of COVID, creating a community for Chicago School Counselors navigating virtual learning

2018-2019

  • 6to16 is relaunched as Success Bound, an initiative of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in partnership with Chicago Public Schools

2014-2017

  • The Lefkofsky Family Foundation partners with the University of Chicago to develop and pilot the 6to16 curriculum in Chicago Public Schools
  • 36 participating schools

2024-2025

  • Success Bound launches as a non-profit organization separate from the Lefkofsky Family Foundation
  • Success Bound partners with the YMCA
  • Expands to Indianapolis Public Schools (Indiana)
  • 336 Success Bound schools and counting

2023-2024

  • CPS Success Bound launches in Chicago Public Schools
  • Success Bound relaunches with enhanced content and deeper alignment to social and emotional learning skills
  • Expands to Aurora Public Schools (Colorado)

2022-2023

  • Chicago Success Bound schools show student GPA growth at a higher rate than those not using Success Bound

2021-2022

  • Success Bound rebrands and launches a website to house the curriculum and supporting materials
  • Partners with Chicago Public Schools to develop a college and career aligned curriculum for grades 6-12

2020-2021

  • American Institute of Research sees early signs of success with Success Bound

2019-2020

  • Success Bound transitions professional learning and curriculum online for flexibility during the start of COVID, creating a community for Chicago School Counselors navigating virtual learning

2018-2019

  • 6to16 is relaunched as Success Bound, an initiative of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in partnership with Chicago Public Schools

2014-2017

  • The Lefkofsky Family Foundation partners with the University of Chicago to develop and pilot the 6to16 curriculum in Chicago Public Schools
  • 36 participating schools