For students, it takes great teachers doing what they do best in the classroom and the leadership of a great principal. But given the extraordinary challenges that our students face, it often takes more than that. Too many of our students, especially those in our highest need neighborhoods, face circumstances far beyond their control. Violence, gangs and poverty are relatives that our students have to navigate before they even walk on to campus and well after they leave. These factors cause students to lose focus on their studies, or worse, limit what they think they can achieve for themselves.