Friends of Solar Prep

Friends of Solar Prep is a volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by a board of parents and community leaders who work to ensure every Solar Prep student has equal access to educational opportunities to realize their full potential. We support the Solar Preparatory Schools, two challenging and inclusive schools, through fundraising for student and educator enrichment.

The main charge of Friends of Solar Prep, established in 2015, is to help bridge funding gaps between what the school district’s funding provides and what is needed on our Solar campuses for higher academic achievement.

About Solar Prep Schools

Solar Preparatory School for Girls and Solar Preparatory School for Boys are public K-8* schools in the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. The schools focus on three main tenants: single-gender education within a socioeconomic diversity model; integrated, performance-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning; and social emotional learning (SEL).

*Founded in 2015, the schools add a grade level each year until they reach 8th grade.

We support the Solar Preparatory Schools, two challenging and inclusive schools, through fundraising for student and educator enrichment.

Our Impact

Since its inception, Friends of Solar Prep has raised more than $750,000 to directly support our scholars and educators. View our impact here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are my donations used to support the schools?

FOSP prioritizes allocating funds for scholars’ education, educator needs and programs that will directly impact educational outcomes. The Solar Preparatory schools are part of the Dallas ISD public school system and receive funding through the district based on the same formulas that apply to neighborhood schools. These formulas fall short of what is needed to fulfill the Solar model to create an academically challenging and nurturing environment that develops and inspires our children to achieve greatness.

Four years after opening the first Solar Preparatory school, our scholars have proven the importance of SEL (social-emotional learning); Spanish immersion; a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum; and economic and ethnic diversity. However, we do not have the funding to perpetuate these programs without additional support. For example, STEAM alone increases each schools’ financial needs by approximately 15 – 20%.

How does Friends of Solar Prep differ from other school organizations at Solar?

PTO and PTA organizations (as well as The Solar League, Solar Prep Cares and Brotherly Love) do a wonderful job of engaging with parents and building community and culture among our schools and families. Friends of Solar Prep helps fill the funding gaps, specifically related to our scholars’ educational needs.

Can I donate to just one school?

Yes. You may write in “boys school” or “girls school” in your donation notes on Paypal.

The Solar Six

Curiosity

Curiosity

I ask questions and have a strong desire to learn and discover new things.

Humility

Humility

I act in a way that reflects a spirit of inclusion and respect for others.

Self-awareness

Self-awareness

I reflect on my strengths and limitations and possess a sense of confidence and optimism.

Leadership

Leadership

I nurture abilities in myself and others in order to make a positive impact on my school and community.

Empathy

Empathy

I listen and seek to understand the feelings of another.

Grit

Grit

I bounce back after failure and persist in the face of obstacles.

Latest Posts

Article

Principal helps girls to aim high

Nancy Bernardino is living her dream: devoting herself to empower girls to become the leaders of the future.

As principal of Solar Preparatory School for Girls in Old East Dallas, Bernardino works to inspire and prepare girls to build a more equitable and fair society.

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Update

Jennifer Leigh Turner

TURNER, Jennifer Leigh Jennifer Leigh Turner, age 41, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, with family by her side, at the T. Boone Pickens Center of Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, Texas, following a brief but fierce fight against cancer.

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Update

Friends of Solar Prep Awarded $110,000 from Lyda Hill

Solar Preparatory School for Girls needs additional outdoor play space to accommodate all of the girls. Friends of Solar Prep (FOSP) applied for an opportunity to pitch Lyda Hill for a $100,000 grant to build a new playground and surrounding security fence to provide enough equipment and space for all the girls to participate in outdoor free play. The playground and associated green space would provide 4,575 additional square feet of play area.

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