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.
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.
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 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.