Private School Axis Creates Equitable Access for Students of Color

Collette Bowers Zinn, a fourth-generation educator and former litigator, founded the nonprofit Axis in 2020 to address persistent disparities in […more…]


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To create pathways for underrepresented students and families of color to access, navigate, and thrive in private education.

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Axis is opening doors to opportunities at schools like ours for families that may not have known or felt comfortable pursuing those opportunities, or never felt like schools like ours were places that they could be comfortable in and make their own.
Aaron Mieszczanski
Axis Board Member
and Former Head of Admission
& Enrollment at Harvard-Westlake School

Invest in Equity: Educational Resources for Students of Color

Students of color benefit greatly from the individualized attention and resources available in independent schools. Research from the Center for American Progress shows that when BIPOC students attend better-resourced schools, they are more likely to graduate, enroll in college, and find good jobs. However, the cost of independent schools remains a barrier to access for many families. In addition to tuition, supplementary costs such as books, technology, uniforms and student activities can add an additional 30% in unexpected expenses for families attending independent schools. These supplementary costs are often difficult for families to predict and plan for and can be an undue financial burden that hinders a child’s educational journey.

Axis has launched the Axis to Equity Fund to help the families in its cohorts who are financially unable to meet these supplementary expenses. With a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of 2023 to fully fund Axis to Equity, they are asking individual donors to donate $2,000 to help them reach this important goal. Donations ensure that financial strain on families is alleviated and every Axis student, regardless of their background or financial circumstances, has the chance to excel and thrive academically and personally.

Key Supporters

California Community Foundation
Capital Group
J.P. Morgan
One Race Global Film Foundation
Brotherhood Crusade
The Center for Early Education
UCLA Lab School
Brentwood School
Campbell Hall
The Buckley School
Marlborough School
Lisa Field and the
Field Family Foundation
Vicki and Jim Mercer
Cindy and Bob Broder
Doreen and Don Oleson
Matthew Karatz
Byron Allen
David Regan
Anita and Corey Martin
Evis and James Shaffer