WHAT WE DO
CONTACT

We recognize the transformational impact incremental changes can make on a student’s life. Partnering with entire schools, we work to increase high school graduation and  postsecondary readiness rates while engaging community partnerships to uplift students, families, and whole neighborhoods.

515.271.1976

mailing: 2507 UNIVERSITY AVE

DES MOINES, IA 50311

physical: 3206 UNIVERSITY AVE #212

DES MOINES, IA 50311

info@bydegreesfoundation.org

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© 2019 By Degrees Foundation

OUR WORK

We believe small changes can make a big impact. That's why we work with whole schools, families, and neighborhoods to set students on the path to success.

Our work begins in kindergarten and follows students to and through high school graduation, ensuring they're immersed in a complete culture of postsecondary education and careers throughout their K-12 experience. Our name, "By Degrees," reinforces our belief that incremental changes can have a significant and long-term impact on a child's future.

OUR VISION

We take a proactive approach to increased graduation rates by putting our students on the path to college and career success. We incorporate academic assistance, social support, mentoring, and parent programming into our comprehensive model.

WHAT WE DO

We believe education is a community effort and work with strong partners such as Des Moines Public Schools, postsecondary institutions, corporate donors, United Way of Central Iowa, and volunteers to put our kids on track for success.

OUR CULTURE

Fostering a culture of postsecondary education and careers is in the best interest of everyone. More graduates who are prepared to lead strengthen our local economy and enrich the community we share.

Our Approach

EDUCATION

Our transformation begins in our schools. We provide each partner school with a full-time staff member who helps create, organize, and manage programming and community relationships that address academic, social/emotional, and financial barriers faced by our scholars and their families.