A total of $239,900 in foundation support made the 2014-15 school year a very successful one at Dallas Academy, as we helped students with learning disabilities reach their full academic potential. Grants from The Rees-Jones Foundation ($35,000.00), The Billie & Gillis Thomas Foundation ($30,000.00), The Annie L. Stevens Fund of The Dallas Foundation ($20,000.00), and ORIX Foundation ($10,000.00) helped make it possible for Dallas Academy to provide a record 58 tuition assistance scholarships to families who otherwise could not afford tuition this school year. All students receiving scholarships increased their ability to read and do math by one grade level, and will be promoted to the next grade. Eighty-six percent of students achieved the target of 75% improvement on skill sets such as class participation and team work, and the remaining students achieved two-thirds of their goals. Thank you to ORIX Foundation ($10,000) and The WP and Bulah Luse Foundation ($5,000.00) for providing early tuition assistance scholarship funding for the coming 2015-16 school year.
The growing number of scholarships has helped Dallas Academy accomplish a goal of bringing more ethnic and language diversity to our school. A portion of the ORIX Foundation grant, and a $9,900 grant from the Yanigan Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund helped us provide diversity awareness programming to teachers and students to help ensure that all students feel welcome and a sense of belonging at Dallas Academy.
The Lennox Family Fund of the Dallas Foundation provided $40,000 in unrestricted support. The Seay Foundation grant of $10,000 supported our amazing Performing Arts programs, and the Lattner Family Foundation, In memory of Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner, provided a $10,000 grant for general program support.
Grants from The Squibb Family Foundation ($10,000) and The Bahr Family Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable Fund ($5,000) provided support for our educational, eco-friendly, and economical solar panel installation this past fall. The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation provided $25,000 to assist with replacement of our HVAC system to ensure students can focus on their studies at a comfortable temperature. The Bahr Family Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable Fund also provided $5,000 to replace a leaky gym roof.
Dallas Academy staff, students, and parents are immensely grateful to these generous foundations, who understand the importance of providing students with learning disabilities the support they need to become successful learners and contributors in life. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.