In The Classroom
Spring Branch ISD gets $2 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A local school district's program to encourage students to attend college is getting a big boost, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Spring Branch ISD has been awarded a $2.1 million grant to support the district's ongoing collaboration with KIPP Houston Public Schools (KIPP) and YES Prep Public Schools (YES Prep). The district-charter collaboration is known locally as the SKY Partnership. First-year programs opened in August at SBISD's Landrum and Northbrook middle schools.
Seven school districts have been given a total of nearly $25 million to support collaboration efforts between public charter and traditional schools to support college readiness. Other cities awarded at this time include Boston, Denver, Hartford (CT), New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
KIPP Courage College Prep and YES Prep Northbrook have 245 fifth- and sixth-grade students enrolled and operate in the two SBISD middle schools, sharing many resources with their partner campus. Looking ahead, the two middle school programs of choice, plus a YES Prep high school program of choice based at the nearby Northbrook High School, are expected to serve about 1,200 students.
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