At the SAISD Foundation, we are committed to a vision where all students and teachers thrive in San Antonio ISD public schools. In our 15 year history, we have invested more than $33 million dollars to support students, teachers and programs in SAISD that expand student experiences and increase their post-secondary success. Click on the image below to flip through the pages of our latest annual report for the 2020-2021 school year and see what our donors and SAISD family make possible! Our new report for 2021-2022 will be coming out soon.
Click the video below to hear from some of our scholars about what an investment from the SAISD Foundation in their educational journey means to them. Click here to learn more about the 200 scholarships and emergency gap awards we now awards annually in partnership with our generous donors.
Strategic Initiative: Dual Credit Expansion
The Annual Report references the work being done in SAISD to expand dual credit as a means to increase college enrollment and college persistence. In the 2020-2021 school year, the program reach it’s goal of more than 20% of the Class of 2021 from our traditional high schools earning 12+ hours of dual credit. Click here to view the full Dual Credit Expansion Report for 2019-2022. This work is made possible in large part by a three-year investment from The Greehey Family Foundation to the SAISD Foundation to cover additional tuition payments to Alamo Colleges and four-year higher education partners.
With each year, the number of grants we award to educators increases. With a tremendous New Teacher Shopping Day Event, we are now on track to support more that 500 teacher grants this year. From start supplies for the first day of school to new maker spaces investing in teachers, classroom and schools is what we do! We look forward to sharing their work and impact in our newsletter and social media. Follow us @SAISDFoundation.
Expanding Student Experiences: STEM
In fall 2021 we launched the 3D Printing Academy in partnership with SAISD’s Ed Tech Department. The program supports schools with 2 new 3D printers, resource books and training. It has been exciting to see students putting their new skills to work (photo above). With the printers we purchased in spring 2022, Ed Tech was able to train a second cohort. Learn more here. Thank you to Valero Energy’s Benefit for Children, 3M and Argo Group for their support of the program and it’s expansion.
In 2019-2020 we partnered with SAISD’s Ed Tech, Science and Career & Technology Education (CTE) Departments on a pilot Hydroponics program funded by H-E-B bringing grow walls to 17 HS classrooms. Read about the impact of that program here. In 2021-2022 and again this year, we continue to expand the program across all grade levels.
We were honored by so many in the San Antonio community who answered the call in March 2020 to keep our students connected when they needed it most! With the $1M Connect Campaign, together, we were able to jump in to assist long before state and federal support systems were able to mobilize. Additionally, some listed also wanted to offer direct support to families which we were proud to be a part of. In total, 4,345 families were supported through connectivity and food and necessities. THANK YOU to these organizations and hundreds of individuals and additional organizations who made our support possible.
In recent years, increased investments from individuals and foundations have allowed us to expand our Principal Grants (awards of $10,000-$15,000) to fund a project with whole-school impact. To date, we have awarded six Principal Grants. Support varies from theatre enhancements, equipment and productions to creating virtual worlds for students to enjoy in Minecraft. Indoor interactive learning labs and outdoor learning spaces have been designed and created as well! We look forward to continuing to grow these programs and featuring their impact as they develop. Check out the trailer below detailing the upcoming production of The Wiz. Our support has helped bring musical theater back to Sam Houston.