Thursday, February 3, 2011

Good News About the Region - SCHOOLS

Information provided by David McDonald Author of "Saving America's Cities"

Dayton Public Schools is an urban district of more than 15,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school, with the second highest graduation rate (83.3%) among Ohio’s big city districts. Attendance is steadily being improved – 91.3% since 2001. Dayton has more board certified teachers than any district in the Dayton Region. Stivers School of the Arts was ranked among America’s best public high schools in U. S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. DPS has produced 15 Gates Millennium Scholars since 2000, and four Coca-Cola scholarship finalists since 2003 – two of which were national winners.

Excellent single-gender schools also exist. Charity Adams Early Academy for girls, Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, and Montessori (River’s Edge Montessori at Franklin). There are also excellent schools that address special interests at the high school level. These are Academic Management Academy at Thurgood Marshall; cutting-edge college-centered career pathways at the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, international Baccalaureate at Meadowdale; and international award-winning visual and performing arts at Stivers School for the Arts.

DPS is partnering with the Dayton Foundation, the University of Dayton, and a host of local businesses, health and social service organizations to operate five pre K-8 schools as community centers in the after-school hours. The centers are part of the district’s initiative to create strong neighborhood schools. The recently opened Kroc Center, operated by the Salvation Army, is a $65 million facility that is state-of-the-art and a one-of-a-kind in the United States. They have dedicated a large part of their facility to enhancing the education levels in the area of early childhood education.

Charter schools in the City of Dayton and the region have been a mixed bag over the years. However, today, thanks in large part to the activities of the Fordham Foundation, Charter schools are among the best in the city and the region.

The district, currently in the final segment of its $627 million school construction program, will have opened a total of 26 new schools with state-of-the-art technology by 2012. To date, 15 of these schools have been opened.

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