Foundation announces 2010 Making the Grade awards

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved more than $2 million in Good Schools: Making the Grade grants to 101 schools. The schools will receive from $5,000 to $75,000 each, and will be eligible to participate in learning opportunities offered by the Good Schools Resource Center to help them improve.

Thirty-seven of the schools were recognized in the top category, High Performing, and 64 in the Improving category. 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.

“The Skillman Foundation is pleased to provide awards to these schools for their hard work in educating children and providing quality education,” said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss. “There are pockets of excellence with excellent teachers and principals throughout the city of Detroit in the Detroit Public Schools system, charter schools, private and parochial. These schools are working hard to make a difference in the lives of young children and to insure that they grow to be healthy, educated and ready for adulthood. We congratulate them all and wish them continued success.”

The Foundation's Good Schools: Making the Grade was launched in 2004 as a seven-year initiative to recognize and award high-performing and improving schools in Detroit. Since its inception, 245 schools have received some form of recognition; more than 200,000 Good Schools Guides have been distributed, and more than $8 million in grants to Detroit schools have been awarded. 
Although the Making the Grade initiative is coming to a close with this last class of awardees, the Foundation will continue its push to create good schools for Detroit children through its leadership role in the Excellent Schools Detroit coalition, the MSU Good Schools Resource Center and directly with neighborhood schools.
The 37 High Performing Schools are:
1. Bates Academy (Elementary)
2. Bates Academy (Middle)
3. Benjamin Mays Male Academy (Elementary )
4. Burton International (Elementary)
5. Burton International (Middle)
6. Carstens Elementary (Middle)
7. Charles Wright Academy (Elementary)
8. Chrysler Elementary School
9. Clippert Academy (Middle)
10. Cooke Elementary School
11. Detroit Edison Public School Academy (Elementary)
12. Detroit Merit Academy (Elementary)
13. Detroit Service Learning Academy (Middle)
14. Foreign Language Immersion Culture Center (FLICS-Middle)
15. Garvey Academy (Elementary)
16. Garvey Academy (Middle)
17. Gompers Elementary School
18. Halley Magnet (Middle)
19. John R. King Academic and Performing Arts (Elementary)
20. Ludington Magnet  School (Middle)
21. Mann Elementary
22. Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Center (Elementary)
23. Marvin Winans Academy (Middle)
24. Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (Elementary)
25. Nichols School (Elementary)
26. Oakland International Academy (Elementary)
27. Oakland International Academy (Middle)
28. Pasteur Elementary School (Elementary)
29. Plymouth Educational Center (Elementary)
30. Plymouth Educational Center (Middle)
31. Renaissance High School
32. Spain Elementary School (Elementary)
33. Thirkell Elementary School
34. University of Detroit Jesuit (High)
35. University of Detroit Jesuit (Middle)
36. Vernor Elementary School
37. Wayne Elementary School

To view the complete list of 2010 Making the Grade schools, click here .

To learn more about each school, view the Foundation’s Good Schools map .

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.