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Adopt-a-School Program

Program Description

The Adopt-a-School Program is a unique way for corporate and community organizations to partner with one or more DCPS schools for a minimum of one school year. This program is designed to facilitate and foster school-partner relationships that are uniquely tailored to support both the school's and partner's shared priorities. Schools and partners will receive guidance, tools, and support from the DCPS School Partnerships team to ensure the relationship is a success for all.

We encourage schools to review the Adopt-a-School Program Toolkit for additional information on the program.

How It Works

Once a partner organization and DCPS school express interest in participating by using the below interest forms, the DCPS School Partnerships Team will work to match the organization with a school based on multiple factors, including partner alignment to DCPS district-wide priorities, school and partner interests, school capacity and ability to manage partnership, and timing.

Program Benefits

The entire school community, in particular the students, gain from the additional resources and experience offered by corporate/community partners, Partners can have a direct impact on the school community and have an opportunity to form quality relationships with one school, Engagement activities between the school and partner are tailored toward the school and partner's needs, and go beyond a one-time, transactional experience.

Adopt-a-School Partner Activities

There are endless ways for partners to support students and schools. We strongly encourage partners start with their strengths and organizational philanthropic priorities, and then work collaboratively with the school to develop a shared vision grounded in serving students and the school community.

Below is a list of possible activities:

  • Serve as a mentor or tutor for various subjects and grade levels
  • Support school events such as career fairs, field days, or teacher appreciation week
  • Donate school supplies and equipment
  • Volunteer for, and coordinate school beautification projects

Partner Requirements

All participating partners must commit to the following expectations:

  • Work with the school and DCPS School Partnerships Team to develop and submit a Year-Long Partnership Plan
  • Attend planning meetings with the school throughout the year
  • Coordinate at least 1 donation drive for the school community
  • Support at least 3 school-based events during the school year--This can range from coordinating a service learning project with the school, to supporting three parent-teacher conference nights.

Get Started

If you are a corporate or community partner interested in participating in the Adopt-a-School Program please complete the Adopt-a-School Program: Partner Application and the DCPS School Partnerships Team will contact you to discuss next steps.

If you are a DCPS school interested in participating in the Adopt-a-School Program please complete the Adopt-a-School Program: School Application and the DCPS School Partnerships Team will contact you to discuss next steps.

Questions?

For additional support, please contact adoptaschool@dc.gov

Learn more about ways you can support DC Public Schools- either as an individual volunteer, corporate or community organization: