Knoxville’s Great Schools was ranked 13th in the U.S. by “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” which is a nationally recognized study of U.S. K-12 education foundations. Great Schools was also the top-ranked education foundation in Tennessee. This ranking further distinguishes our neighborhood schools as some of the very best in the nation.
“Stepping Up” evaluates 8 key performance categories: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and volunteers.
“This is only one data point of course, but it is an important one,” said Buzz Thomas, president of the Great Schools Partnership. “The success of Great Schools can be attributed to a visionary board that is committed to building the best school system in the south and a dedicated staff that puts the interests of children ahead of their own.”
Great Schools Partnership also placed in the top 25 in four key performance categories. The “Stepping Up” study seeks to advocate the importance of K- 12 education foundations and recognizing those that do it best. The study reviews K-12 education foundations in the top 100 largest school districts by population and pulls information from the foundations’ 990 filings with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Great Schools Partnership maintains programs such as Community Schools, Parents as Teachers, Targeted Pre-K, TAP, AVID, CODEtn and New Teacher Mentoring and Induction.
“Based on the ‘Stepping Up’ rankings, we can see that Tennessee education foundations are positively effecting public education, and that deserves national recognition,” said Dewey Caruthers, president of Dewey & Associates and author of the study.
Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to all of the administrators, parents, students, and volunteers that work together and generate great things in our schools!