The DPS Foundation has a 23-year history of connecting community support with the areas of greatest need within DPS, creating a track record of measurable student outcomes.
Highlights of success include:
- Since 2006, the DPS Foundation has awarded 946 A to Z Fund classroom grants totaling $1.26 million! The A to Z Fund exists to provide direct resources to teachers for innovative programs and activities that go fall outside the school’s limited budgets.
- Students receiving targeted math tutoring thanks to DPS Foundation funding for the Denver Summit Schools Network have advanced as much as two grade levels in math proficiency in a single year — the definition of “closing the achievement gap.”
- Since 2013, the Fit, Fun & Literacy afterschool program has continued to serve 700 high-need students each year. Thanks to a grant secured by the DPS Foundation, the program also expanded to serve 20,000 healthy dinners to enrolled children and their families. In 2012-13 the program sent students home with 11,000 “weekend backpacks” full of nutritious food to fight hunger over the weekend.
- Students at Grant Beacon Middle School – where the DPS Foundation helped pilot a blended learning model in 2012 thanks to funding from Janus – have seen remarkable growth in achievement. The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced increased by nine percent in reading and by 15 percent in math the first year of Blended Learning. What’s more, last fall, Grant Beacon moved from a “yellow” to a “green” rating on the School Performance Framework, the state’s scorecard for how schools are meeting the needs of their kids.
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