Elementary School Fund

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children provides educational resources to public elementary schools in the U.S. with the highest concentration of poor children.

The resources must be of immediate and direct value to, and use by, students.

Educational partner organizations, many of which participated in the Annenberg Challenge for School Reform (1995-2001), identify and nominate schools for an award. A Selection Council makes the final school grant decisions each year.

Up to 8-10 elementary schools are selected for an award each year. The program reflects the late Leonore Annenberg’s desire to add value to the school experience of each child.

Selection Process

The School Fund for Children collaborates each year with the following educational organizations to identify potential award recipients among their partner schools:

Each organization compiles dossiers for 2-4 public elementary schools that serve large populations of poor students and lack essential resources. The following criteria are considered in the nomination process: school location and stability, total school population, racial/ethnic composition, enrollment history and average daily attendance, student suspensions and serious incidents, school leadership, teacher experience and expertise, student achievement, and anecdotal information about the school, its students and its neighborhood.

Organizations submit the school dossiers to School Fund program staff, who may request additional information.

Program staff recommend 8-10 nominees to a Selection Council, which makes the final award decisions.

Note: Unsolicited requests are not accepted.

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