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Our Impact

The Alliance makes a difference by developing, investing and partnering in programs that increase equity for Seattle students.

The Alliance for Education is the only organization of its kind serving all of Seattle Public Schools. We work as a convener, connector and collaborator, stewarding philanthropic funding, innovation and expertise to ensure that every public school in Seattle has the community support they need. The Alliance’s work is designed to challenge systemic inequities in public schools and create a more equitable and just education system that allows all Seattle students to thrive.

Innovative Programs

Right Now Needs Fund

$4.9 Million
distributed to students and families with immediate needs since inception (Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2023)
78,035+
instances of student support across all Seattle Public Schools since inception (Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2023)
14,333
instances of student support in 2023

The Right Now Needs Fund is a one-of-a-kind program that works at the individual school level to address the basic needs of students and families across all Seattle Public Schools. The fund ensures students can fully participate in classroom activities by covering the costs of clothing, meals, and shelter that are not included in individual school budgets, but are necessary for students to thrive. Initiated by a generous lead investment from Amazon in 2018, the fund continues to be fueled by Amazon in its fifth school year.

Seattle Teacher Residency

88%
stay in the field teaching through their third year in the classroom
80%
Stay in the field teaching through their fifth year in the classroom
70%
Stay in the field teaching past their sixth year in the classroom
220
STR graduates since the first cohort in 2013
4,575
Students learn with STR educators daily
180+
STR graduates teach in SPS mainly in K-5 and special education
50%
of STR graduates are racially diverse identifying as people of color
1/3
of current mentors are STR graduates
35%
of surveyed STR graduates have a school or district leadership role

The Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) program was developed in 2012 by the Alliance in partnership with the University of Washington, Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools to recruit, prepare and retain high quality elementary and special education teachers for students furthest from educational justice in Seattle Public Schools. Educators primarily come from the communities they serve, teaching mainly in Title I elementary schools.

Investments

Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA)

$3.7 Million
​​raised in support of the Office of African American Male Achievement
17
philanthropic partners invested in this innovative strategy
3rd
highest increase in Black male Pre-k enrollment in the nation
79%
of Kingmaker students are on track to graduate, compared to 71% of Black peers
71%
of Kingmaker students said they have a teacher who teaches them about their culture & history, compared to 42% of Black peers
86%
Black male graduation rate, third best in the nation

The Office of African American Male Achievement was established to reimagine and build a school system that intentionally cultivates the strength of Black boys and teens, ensuring each and every Black student recognizes their own potential and feels supported in their education. By listening to the expressed concerns of Black male students, AAMA will create a framework that aligns work and practices across the district to ensure SPS has the culture, conditions, staff competencies, and community connections in place for all Black boys and teens to excel in their education.

Educator & School Awards

$25,000
grant awarded to two principals every year for use in their school
23
Foster Award winners 2000-2023
$550,000+
awarded to SPS leaders and schools since 2000

​​The Alliance for Education gives numerous awards to educators and school leaders in the district annually showcasing the leadership of those that work tirelessly to support students, with a focus on those committed to advancing racial equity. One of these awards is the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence that champions Seattle Public Schools principals who advance educational justice and racial equity in their schools. Every year, two $25,000 educational grants are awarded to selected principals.

Community Partnerships

School Fiscal Services

167 PTAs
school organizations leveraging Alliance for Education funds to support SPS
$1.26 Million
school account funds stewarded by the Alliance (School Year 19-20)

The Alliance for Education works with school-based groups like PTAs, booster clubs and more, to effect systemic change by supporting  fundraising efforts on behalf of students. By offering fiscal services, the Alliance reduces barriers, providing school volunteers and staff with the support they need to reach their goals.

Covid-19 Response

$3 Million
raised through the Education Equity Fund to address remote learning needs during the pandemic
10,000
laptops donated to students
25,000
meals provided

As students and teachers scrambled to adapt to remote learning during the pandemic, the Alliance for Education worked in partnership with Seattle Public Schools and engaged with community partners and donors to meet SPS families’ most critical needs. 

Our School District

Fast Facts & Figures

49,226 Students

(School Year 2023-24)

6,486 School-Based Staff

(School Year 2023-24)

700 national Board Certified Teachers

(School Year 2023-24)

Average of 11 years of teaching experience

(School Year 2023-24)

$1.172 Billion Budget

(Adopted 2022-23 Budget)

104 Schools

(School Year 2023-24)

150 Languages or Dialects Spoken at Home

(Among Families, School Year 2023-24)

159 Countries of Origin

(Among Families, School Year 2023-24)

88% 4-Year Graduation Rate

(Class of 2023)

200+ Community Partners

(School Year 2023-24)

Student Race and Ethnicity

46% White

15% Hispanic / Latino;

14% Black / African-American;

13% Multi-Racial;

12% Asian;

1% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander;

1% Native American;

Commitment to Racial Equity

The Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA)

AAMA was established to reimagine and build a school system that intentionally cultivates the strength of Black boys and teens, ensuring each and every Black student recognizes their own potential and feels supported in their education.

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Seattle Teacher Residency

50%

Over 50% of Seattle Teacher Residency graduates identify as people of color, much higher than the school district average.

Foster Award

Celebrating principals who advance racial equity and educational justice in Seattle Public Schools. 

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Annual Reports

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2023 was a remarkable year at the Alliance. Our annual report highlights the tangible impact of our programs, providing in-depth data and highlighting the successes of real students and educators. Please see below and download the comprehensive report for 2023.

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Our 2022 annual report highlighted the tangible impact of our programs, providing in-depth data and highlighting the successes of real students and educators up through December 2022. Please see below and download the comprehensive report for 2022.

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Our 2021 annual report highlighted the tangible impact of our programs, providing in-depth data and highlighting the successes of real students and educators up through December 2021. Please see below and download the comprehensive report for 2021.

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