Skillman Foundation announces Making the Grade Awards

Skillman Foundation announces Making the Grade Awards

June 17, 2009

DETROIT - The Skillman Foundation's Board of Trustees Wednesday approved more than $1.7 million inGood Schools: Making the Grade grants. The schools will receive from $10,000 to $100,000 each and will be eligible to participate in learning opportunities offered by the Good Schools Resource Center to help them improve.

102 schools were recognized, including 76 in the top three categories:High Performing, Improving, and Almost There. The schools will use the grant awards for student materials and equipment; professional development and training; parent and community involvement activities; and implementing, expanding or improving programs in a variety of areas, including technology, literacy, fine arts, bilingual education and extracurricular activities.

"Every year we see additional schools Make the Grade and qualify for recognition and awards," said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. There are great schools across the city doing good things for Detroit's kids every day. As of today, 218 schools have been awarded through this initiative."

Launched in 2004, The Skillman Foundation's Making the Grade initiative identifies indicators of student and school success and invites Detroit principals from public, private, charter and religious schools - elementary, middle and high - to apply for funding to maintain or attain these standards. This initiative is a community effort to identify and replicate good schools, whether they are public, charter, religious or private. Skillman wants good schools for all kids where children acquire the skills necessary to reach their full potential and lead productive lives.

The 25 High Performing Schools are:
Bates Academy - Elementary
Bates Academy - Middle
Benjamin E. Mays Male Academy
Burton International -- Elementary
Burton International - Middle
Carstens Elementary School
Chrysler Elementary School
Clippert Academy Multicultural Magnet Middle School
Detroit Edison Public School Academy - Elementary
Detroit Edison Public School Academy - Middle
Detroit Merit Academy - Middle
Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art -- Middle
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School - Middle
Hally Magnet Middle School
Ludington Magnet Middle School
Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center Academy - Elementary
McColl Elementary School
Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit - Middle
Nichols Elementary-Middle School - Elementary
Nichols Elementary-Middle School - Middle
Renaissance High School
University of Detroit Jesuit Academy
University of Detroit Jesuit High School
Winans Academy of Performing Arts - Middle
Wright Academy -- Elementary

There will be a comprehensive print version available at various Detroit locations, on the Foundation's website, and inserted in the Metro Times next month.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody/Rouge and the Northend - and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.