There’s a crisis in American education. Too many kids from low-income families are falling between the cracks simply because they’re stuck in failing schools and can’t afford any other options. It’s happening right here in Kansas where only 81% of students from low-income families graduate from high school.
ACE Scholarships was founded in 2000 to provide these low-income parents with school choice for their families through partial scholarships to K-12 private schools. In 2016, Kansas became the fourth state to join ACE’s national efforts, following Montana and Louisiana, now serving 170 students across the state in 40 partner private schools.
ACE serves children whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program and the average income for our ACE families is $42,014 a year. So far in Kansas we’ve awarded over $3M in scholarships to low-income families helping to send 1,684 kids to the schools their families have decided are right for them. And the results are amazing with 90+% of ACE scholars consistently graduating high school. Moreover, they’re graduating from college at a rate nearly double that of their peers from predominantly low-income high schools.* *
All ACE graduation stats based on national numbers.