For now, the scores of low-cost private schools in New York City do what they can to make their programs as accessible as possible to the low-income families that want that choice. In addition to relying on CSF student scholarships, school founders tirelessly seek out grants, host fundraisers, and cut as many costs as possible while retaining the high-quality academic standards that attract families to their schools. These founders are driven by a deep desire to expand educational opportunity to all children, especially to those who have been historically marginalized. As Hoyt of Great Oaks says, “I am here to give these scholars the best possible education they can have at this time.”

This article originally appeared at Forbes.