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.
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.
Since its inception, Friends of Solar Prep has raised more than $750,000 to directly support our scholars and educators. View our impact here.
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%.
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.
Yes. You may write in “boys school” or “girls school” in your donation notes on Paypal.