1st Year Funding

Agency Background: Imago Dei Middle School, established in 2005, serves boys and girls in the 5th – 8th grades from families with low income residing in Tucson. The school focuses on educating the whole child and breaking cycles of poverty. The criteria for admission are based on students qualifying for Federal Government Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Students are selected to attend using a lottery system. The school operates as a tuition-free school; therefore, donor support is essential. The school session for all grades is ten hours per day, 5.5 days per week and eleven months per year. The teacher-to-student ratio is never greater than 1 teacher per 10 pupils. The cost per student is $15,000.

Focus of the 2012 SCCF Grant: Books The grant will be used for the Math textbooks for all four Imago Dei grades. The textbooks were developed by the University of Chicago to improve school mathematics in grades Pre-K-12. The funds will also purchase new Social Studies textbooks for all four grades. McGraw-Hill has created a new program entitled “Networks” which combines print and digital resources to best fit the needs of each individual child. The program puts together a text with a myriad of online resources, which assist with assessment, differentiation and mastery.

Website: www.imagodeischool.org
Contact: The Rev. Anne Sawyer, Head of School asimagodei@aol.com