The Houston Independent School District has announced a $6 million grant from the Houston Endowment for a three-year program designed to boost college and career preparation in underperforming schools.
Based on strategies that have proven effective in charter schools, the Apollo 20 program will be introduced in five middle schools and four high schools during the 2010-2011 school year, with an expansion into an additional eleven elementary schools planned for 2011-12. In addition to ensuring that each school has effective teachers and an effective principal, the program aims to create a culture of high expectations, increase instructional time for students, provide in-school tutoring, and utilize data to drive instruction.
"For decades, Houston children have benefitted from Houston Endowment's broad commitment to improve life for the people of greater Houston," said HISD Board of Education president Paula Harris. "Today's gift benefitting Apollo 20 further demonstrates Houston Endowment's commitment to ensuring that Houston's most needy children are given a fair shot at becoming great contributors to our city."