The mission of Project GRAD Houston is to support a quality public education for all children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase.
Project GRAD Houston
3000 Richmond, Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77098
Ann B. Stiles, Ed. D.
Project GRAD Houston is at work in five high school feeder patters (Davis, Sam Houston, Reagan, Wheatley, and Yates) of the Houston Independent School District. GRADâ€™s model of support includes children and their families from prekindergarten through college, working to create the expectation that all students can and will graduate both high school and college.
Project GRAD began in 1994 with the belief that every student, regardless of background, not only deserves to but should graduate from high school and have access to college. After starting a scholarship program in 1989, then Tenneco Chairman and CEO Jim Ketelsen, along with his wife Kathryn, spearheaded a search for a solution to the challenges facing Houstonâ€™s inner-city schools. Working with school and community leaders, the GRAD model was developed to build academic skills, improve student behavior, address family needs, and set children on the road to college.
Project GRAD Houston supports the Davis feeder system of schools with the ongoing implementation of its nationally recognized Fine Arts Program. The Fine Arts mission is to provide a quality, comprehensive, sequential, and highly coordinated program that meets national and state standards of fine arts education for students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade.