School Based Programs

Carolyn Foundation is committed to partnering with schools that are providing a good education to students most in need. We know that the benefits of additional programs and resources in these schools will be used wisely and support a high quality system of education. To this end we will fund programs in middle schools that are closing the gap for low-income students in Minneapolis. These schools can be found on page 15 of the Minneapolis School Finder, or by following this link. 

We will NOT fund programs in other schools unless it’s part of a recognized and respected overall school redesign/launch in partnership with MNComeback.  We know that great enrichment or after-school programs sometimes draw families to schools that are failing low-income students, creating an unintended consequence.

Because we believe in and support school autonomy and strong school leaders, and we believe programs that are integrated and/or aligned with school programs have the highest impact – all in- and after-school program requests must include a letter of support from the school leader (not community ed.) explaining how and why the program fits with the school’s priorities and programs.

We will consider programs in- and after-school in these schools, which are providing students most in-need a good education: 

  • Ascension Catholic School 
  • Anthony Middle School 
  • Barton Open School 
  • Hennepin Elementary School 
  • Hiawatha College Prep 
  • Hope Academy 
  • Justice Page Middle School 
  • KIPP North Star Academy 
  • Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin Campus 
  • New Millennium Academy 
  • Northeast College Prep 
  • Risen Christ Catholic School 
  • Sanford Middle School 
  • Seward Montessori School 
  • Southside Family Charter School 
  • St. Helena Catholic School
  • St. John Paul II Catholic School