Arise Academy Charter High School Appoints New CEO

May 18, 2011

The board of directors of Arise Academy Charter High School, the nation's first public charter high school dedicated exclusively to students in foster care, has announced the appointment of its new CEO. Gabriel Kuriloff was approved by the board during a meeting on Wednesday. He will take the reins at the high school for the coming 2011-12 school year.

Jill Welsh-Davis, President of the Arise Board of Directors said, "Gabriel is an exceptional, proven leader. His approach to school leadership is innovative, compassionate, and purposeful."

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Kuriloff has committed his professional life to improving educational opportunities for all students in southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Kuriloff has seven years of teaching and administrative experience including six years working as a teacher and achievement coordinator at a charter school in North Philadelphia.

Mr. Kuriloff holds a BA from Brown University in Urban Studies where he wrote his honors thesis on the politics of school reform in Philadelphia. He has a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania where he also earned his Pennsylvania state principal's certification. He is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership, also at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is studying school design and school leadership. He also works as a leadership development consultant for schools.

Mr. Kuriloff will bring to Arise, experience leading instructional design; planning and implementing professional development in curriculum design, the teaching of literacy, technology integration, character education, and other topics; managing student course scheduling; managing teacher recruitment; and helping to lead a high school reform and design process. He is the former executive director of the REAL Schools Network, a start-up non-profit school design consultancy.

Mr. Kuriloff has written about leadership, the "achievement gap", programs that support students on their paths to college, and civic education. He is the co-author of funded research paper entitled, Developing Student Support Programs: A Report to the Save a Mind Foundation.

Arise Academy Charter High School
Arise Academy Charter High School (grades 9-12) is the nation's first public charter high school dedicated exclusively to students in foster care. Arise provides a safe and highly structured environment combined with a rigorous curriculum, quality on-site support services and a vibrant student life to help students graduate and move into successful adulthood. Founded by the Urban Affairs Coalition in 2009, Arise will hold its second annual graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 16. Last year the school successfully graduated 10 students who all went on to higher education.

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