At the SAISD Foundation, we are committed to a vision where all students and teachers thrive in SAISD public schools. In our 15 year history, we have invested more than $30 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!
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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. Annually, we award 150+ scholarships and emergency gap awards in partnership with our donors.
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.
As of December 9, 2021 164 of our teacher projects are fully funded and we expect 200 to be fully funded by year end. 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. To date we have supported 11 schools with 2 new 3D printers, resource books and training. It has been exciting to see students putting their new skills to work (photo left). We look forward to supporting another round of schools in the spring. 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 we had partnered with Ed Tech and Career & Technology Education (CTE) 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. We are working to expand the work in 2021-2022 to additional high schools and to add middle schools.
In the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, increased investments have allowed us to expand our Principal Grant programs which start at $10,000 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. Student indoor whole school 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.
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. 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.
Individual Donors & SAISD Employees
In our Annual Report above, we shared our pride in the increase in individuals who chose to make a gift to the SAISD Foundation in 2020. On top of that, we are extremely proud to share than more than 2,000 of SAISD employees chose to make a gift to the SAISD Foundation on top of the gifts they all ready contribute to our students and schools every day.