A for Arizona announced recently 18 public K-12 school systems will receive Expansion and Innovation Fund grants to innovate and re-imagine how best to serve students in the 2020-21 school year.
Highland Prep, which has a campus in Surprise, is one of those districts.
First-round grants were funded by an initial $1 million contribution from Gov. Doug Ducey’s Emergency Education Relief fund through federal CARES Act monies to improve access to high-quality teaching and learning this school year.
Highland Prep received its grant in the category of Live Remote Instruction — Learning Community Cohort. The school is at 15600 W. Hearn Road. Its sister school, Madison Highland Prep in Phoenix, also received a grant in the same category.
“A for Arizona’s Expansion and Innovation Fund supports school leaders and educators who find creative, effective ways to serve vulnerable students and work toward closing the achievement gap,” Mr. Ducey said. “These dollars are being deployed to grant recipients promptly to ensure kids and schools benefit this upcoming semester. My thanks to the superintendents, principals, teachers and educators who work every day to put all Arizona kids on the path to success.”
Grant applications were reviewed and assessed by a committee of local and national education, philanthropic and industry leaders.
In the first round, the committee awarded $850,000 with the potential to reach more than 20,000 students throughout five Arizona counties.
New applicants and applicants not awarded a grant are eligible to apply for additional grant during the second round, which will begin in early August.
The Vetting Committee will evaluate and award grants on a rolling basis approximately every four to six weeks and recommend grants that are innovative to the context in Arizona by either scaling something nationally that works or being the first in the nation that others can scale elsewhere.
This next round of grants will be supported by philanthropic and private contributions ensuring public district, magnet, charter and private schools will all be eligible to apply.