DePaul Catholic:Preserving A Critical Neighborhood Asset
Setting the Scene “In violent neighborhoods, Catholic schools are instruments of peace. In what can seem like a confused culture, they offer places of order.” -Saving America’s Urban Catholic Schools, Philanthropy Roundtable
Lack of access to quality schools... Four closest neighborhood public high schools have all been labeled by Johns Hopkins University as “Dropout Factories”: Simon Gratz: 5th Worst Performing (K-12 Public School) in PA (19.8% Proﬁcient on PSSA Reading and Math Combined - 2010) and a 57% 4-year graduation rate Germantown: 7th Worst Performing (K-12 Public School) in PA (21.8% Proﬁcient on PSSA Reading and Math Combined - 2010) and a 36% 4-year graduation rate MLK: 24th Worst Perfornming (K-12 Public School) in PA (38.5% Proﬁcient on PSSA Reading and Math Combined - 2010) and a 43% 4-year graduation rate Roxborough: 8th Worst Performing (K-12 Public School) in PA (24.4% Proﬁcient on PSSA Reading and Math Combined - 2010) and a 56% 4-year graduation rate
Setting the Scene with Meta-Analysis“Faith-based schools reduce both the racial achievement gap andthe socio-economic achievement gap by 25 percent.”“The positive inﬂuence of faith-based schools on achievement growsas students’ socioeconomic condition falls.” “The more disadvantaged the student, the more value provided by a faith-based education.”-William Jeynes, “White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith Based Schools,” (presentation, The White House, Washington, D.C.,April 24, 2008).
76% of DePaul Students Receive Free or Reduced Lunch. Using the School District Formula: 100% are Economically Disadvantaged.
DePaul Catholic Students Achieve At A Much Higher Rate Than Their Public School Counterparts... 2010 Standardized Test Scores-8th Grade 100.00% 75.00% 50.00% 25.00% Reading 0% Math The DePaul Catholic School-Percentage at/or Above Average₁ Neighborhood Public Middle School-Percentage at/or Above Proﬁciency₂ ¹ TerraNova-The DePaul Catholic School (19144)-8th grade ² PSSA-Roosevelt Middle School (19144)-8th Grade
...with Signiﬁcantly Less Financial Resources. Cost to Educate (per student) $12,000 $9,000 $6,000 $3,000 $0 Average Cost per Pupil The DePaul Catholic School School District of Philadelphia Charter Schools
Far Beyond Test Scores...DePaul Catholic is 100% safe. It is a place of order, amidst a neighborhood of chaos. The neighborhood Public School had 94 assault and weapons- related incidents in the past 3 years. The DePaul Catholic school did not have any such incidents.
DePaul Catholic has led a dramatic schoolturnaround effort over the past ten years.This effort has led to signiﬁcant growth inseveral areas...
“Any visitor to The De Paul Catholic School will sense in the corridors and classrooms the characteristics of successful faith-based schools: a focus on the essentials of language arts and mathematics, a disciplined attention to each child’s progress and a shared understanding of the sacred nature of the person.” Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., President, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School "Students from DePaul Catholic are well prepared for the many and diverse challenges at high school. They demonstrate not only a strong sense of conﬁdence in themselves but also a beautiful commitment and responsibility to larger community. They come to us rooted in the practice of Christian values. " ” Rita McGovern, Asst. Principal for Academic Affairs, Little Flower Catholic High School“I teach a Freshman student who is a graduate from De PaulCatholic who stands out among her classmates for her maturity,enthusiasm for learning, and willingness to participate in classby trying her best each day.” Eileen M. Bossone Language Department Faculty Merion Mercy Academy
"We have 177 parish or regional elementary schools in theArchdiocese of Philadelphia and I go out on a limb in sayingthis but I say it with great truth and Id say it to anyonewho would challenge it...If I had to rank the top 10 schools inthe Archdiocese of Philadelphia, withouta doubt, The DePaul Catholic Schoolwould be in that top 10."- Mary Rochford,Superintendent of Catholic Schools,The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
“It is my ﬁrm belief that theDePaul Catholic School could be a model teaching school forothers to experience ﬁrst hand how a school can become an outstanding school.”-Josephine G. Viviani, Penn Literacy NetworkExcerpt: “Summary Report”
Turnaround ModelImplementation of Academy Model to develop A Culture of High Expectations for AllFranciscan Academy Marillac Academy Vincentian Academy K-2 3-5 6-8Teachers work collaboratively in Academies to meet the speciﬁc needs of each set of grade levels.
Turnaround ModelImplementation of Academy Model to develop A Culture of High Expectations for All Franciscan Academy K-2Teachers are committed to individualizing instruction for each student in order to build a strong academic foundation.
Turnaround Model Implementation of Academy Model to develop A Culture of High Expectations for All Marillac Academy 3-5The teachers are committed to tailoring the program to promote students with strong academic conﬁdence.
Turnaround Model Implementation of Academy Model to develop A Culture of High Expectations for All Vincentian Academy 6-8The Vincentian Academy is a rigorous program that prepares its students to excel in challenging high school environments.Students are required to exhibit a strong academic commitment.
Turnaround Model Implementation of Extended Day and Smaller ClassSize to provide More Individualized Attention as well as Instructional Time...
Turnaround ModelImplementation of Extended Day and Smaller ClassSize to provide More Individualed Attention as well as Instructional Time... Student/Faculty Ratio Philadelphia School District District Charter Schools of PA DePaul Catholic
Turnaround Model Implementation of Extended Day and Smaller ClassSize to provide More Individualized Attention as well as Instructional Time... *DePaul Catholic students spend 74% of their waking lives in the school building during the week.
Turnaround ModelInsuring the existence of Effective Leadership and Teachers at DePaul Catholic through partnerships with The Churchill Institute of Leadership and Developmentand The Penn Center for Educational Leadership
The unique characteristics of thededicated faculty have contributed to the success...
A Commitment to Service:51% of DePaul faculty have participated in long term, unpaid service programs. LU - CHOICE
A Passion for the Work:67% of DePaul faculty have been recruited by other members of the staff.
Presence of Male Teachers National Average-Catholic Elementary School Teachers National Average-All Elementary School Teachers 10% 9% DePaul Catholic Classroom Teachers 90% Male Female Source: National Catholic Educators Association 59% Male Female 91% Source: National Bureau of Labor Statistics 41%“The presence of a male teacher not Male Female "Its extremely important foronly has a positive impact on a boy’s modeling, particularly in theself esteem, but also enhances their minority community," academic performance.” -Reg Weaver, President of the -ABC News Report National Education Association (NEA)
However, DePaul operates in achallenging ﬁnancial environment...
The Financial Environment “Faith-based urban schools are keeping their tuition atvery modest levels. But setting tuition at such low levels means that the cost of these schools is obviously a lot higher than their income. Plenty of these schools have literally six-figure or even seven-figure annual subsidy requirements. So you can see why lots of them live on the knife’s edge” -Preserving a Critical National Asset, White House Domestic Policy Council
DePaul Revenue Other Income 1% Tuition and Fees P sh Subsidies ari 43% 3% Grants 12% Fundraising Scholarships 29% 12%
A Math ProblemLittle government aid +Growing demand for church subsidies +Increasingly low-income student body +Holding tuition below cost +Rising teacher salaries-----------------------------------------Financial Crisis Karl Zinsmeister, “White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith Based Schools,” (presentation, The White House, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2008).
Rising Salaries? Average DePaul Catholic School Salary $29,000 $27,500 $26,000 $24,5002008-2009 2009-2010 $23,000 2010-2011 The entire staff agreed to a payfreeze and 5% pay cut in order to prevent cuts in personnel.
Proactive Steps We are Taking...- Continued Annual Fund growth at a rate of 32%- Creation of separate 501(c)3 organization and separate EITC scholarship organization.- Board Development- Cultivating a Major Gifts Program
Outside Help is on the Way... BLOCS has committed to working withDePaul Catholic to create an endowment fund within the next 2-3 years topermanently address the ﬁnancial gap in funding.
Outside Help is on the Way...Proposed Senate Bill 1 could dramatically increase DePaul’srevenue base. Scholarships will be provided to low-incomestudents in the following phases:Year 1: Low-income students currently attending lowest achieving schoolsYear 2: Low-income students residing within attendance boundary of lowest achieving schoolYear 3: All low-income students If passed, DePaul will see an immediate increase in enrollment and a projected 25%-40% increase in revenue by the third year of the bill.
DePaul requires signiﬁcant ﬁnancial assistance to keep the turnaround model in place until full ﬁnancial viability can be attained. Investing in the DePaul model generates signiﬁcant returns for society...
DePaul’s Social Return on Investment (SROI) Each Year, DePaul graduates high-achieving eighth graders. The projected social wealth generated from their achievement*: . Total Increase in Income Tax Contributions (lifetime): $1,670,400 Total Increase in Sales and Property Tax Contributions (lifetime): $83,520 Total Savings in Public Health Costs (NPV at age 20 ): $536,000 Total Criminal Justice Cost Savings: $880,000 DePaul’s Annual SROI: $3,169,920 * Calculations are based on Roland Fryer’s report Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap?Evidence from a Social Experiment in Harlem. Fryer is a Harvard Economist and states that these calculations assume a causal relationship between achievement and educational attainment. The projection is fully based on this assumption.
DePaul’s Beneﬁt/Cost Ratio is 8:1 orFor every $1 invested in DePaul, there is an $8 return to society.
Excerpt: “Designing Our Future Visiting Team Report” -Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: “DePaul Catholic School is committed to working withurban elementary students, helping them along the way tobecome life-long learners and leaders who understand themeaning of service in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul.” “The future is truly bright on Logan Street.”