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Posted: December 13, 2016

APS Education Foundation Ranked Among Nation's Best

The Foundation has put more than $1 million back into APS classrooms.

The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations has ranked Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation fifteenth in the nation, the second consecutive year the foundation has ranked in the top 15. 

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The study, "Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” includes education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation (by student population), as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts. Additionally, top-performing education foundations that serve smaller school districts were included. In totality, there were 188 K-12 education foundations from 220 school districts included in the study.

The APS Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established for promoting private support of the district and its students. In partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, the Foundation promotes and garners financial and in-kind resources to provide students with the opportunity to succeed. It also mobilizes resources and develops community partnerships to support excellence in APS.

Since 2010, the APS Education Foundation has put more than $1 million directly into classrooms through APS.  So far this year, the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in Horizon Grants for innovative fine arts, STEM and literacy projects; $48,000 in Achieve Awards to 15 clubs and activities; and $50,000 in Guhl Literacy Awards to two elementary schools. for

In addition, the Foundation hosts several events that include students such as A is for Art!, an annual gala that raises money and public awareness for arts in the schools, and Selfless Seniors which recognizes students who volunteer to help their classmates, parents, family members and community. It also helps raise money for the APS Community Clothing Bank, which helps get needed garments to children of limited means.

In the spring, the Foundation will host its first Gold Bar Gala, celebrating some fo the district's best students, teachers and contributors to public education.

And much more.

“I can’t say enough about our Foundation, which provides much needed support for Albuquerque Public Schools," said Superintendent Raquel Reedy. "Congratulations to Executive Director Phill Casaus and his staff for this national recognition. They have more than earned it.”

Stepping Up looks at eight key performance categories to determine the foundation ranking:

  • annual revenues
  • revenues per student
  • total assets
  • assets per student
  • investment income
  • total program expenses
  • expenses per student
  • human capital (volunteers).

“Most parents and taxpayers are not aware of how K-12 education foundations are enhancing and innovating public education,” said Dewey Caruthers, study author and president of Caruthers Institute (formerly dewey & associates) that conducts the study, noting “education foundations are providing vital programs for students and valuable grants for teachers that otherwise would not exist.”