Grant from CA Department of Education Will Provide Tuition-Free After-School Programs for 800 Students at the High-Performing Public Charter Schools Â
ICEF Public Schools today announced that it has received an $8.625 million grant from the California Department of Education for its successful after-school programs. In partnership with the Youth Policy Institute, this 21st Century Community Learning Center grant begins July 1 and is a five-year award.
"We are pleased that the California Department of Education and the Youth Policy Institute have recognized our continued success by awarding us this generous grant," said Michael D. Piscal, founder of ICEF Public Schools. "In these challenging budgetary times, it is important that the state prioritizes programs that are demonstrating results. Our after-school programs help keep our kids and our organization on track towards our goal of preparing every student to compete and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities."
ICEF's after-school programs provide rigorous academic support and tutoring, along with enrichment activities, such as dance and gymnastics, to the nearly 350 students currently enrolled. ICEF Public Schools has partnered with the Youth Policy Institute, the grant's fiscal agent, to bolster the after-school programs. The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) provides education, training and technology services to lift low-income families out of poverty and operates after-school programs at 53 schools in Los Angeles.Â
The $8.6 million grant will provide this academic support tuition free to an additional 450 students each day across eight school sites, including Frederick Douglass Elementary and Middle Academies, ICEF Vista Elementary and Middle Academies, Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter Elementary, View Park Preparatory Charter Elementary and Middle and Thurgood Marshall Charter Middle Schools.
ICEF Public Schools announced in October its unprecedented Education Corridor reform plan to transform the 45-square-mile region bound by the four major South Los Angeles Freeways. ICEF will expand from 13 to 35 public charter schools in five years with the goal of producing 2,000 graduates each year from the nation's top colleges and universities. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all incoming high school freshmen in the community between the 405, 110, 105 and 10 freeways receive their college diplomas.
ICEF Public Schools (Pronounced "Eye-ceff," for the Inner City Education Foundation) was co-founded in 1994 to transform the Los Angeles community by creating first-rate educational opportunities for its minority youth. ICEF currently operates 13 public charter schools, including four new schools which opened last fall, with the goal of preparing its students to attend and compete academically at the top colleges and universities in the nation. ICEF's flagship school, View Park Preparatory Charter High School, has now graduated two classes, with 100 percent of its graduates accepted to college.