DeLaSalle Education Center
3737 Troost Avenue
Kansas City MO 64109-2643
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-4445
Fax 816- 561-6106
Mission Statement
Mission Statement: The mission of DeLaSalle Education Center is to provide a holistic environment that offers students an opportunity to improve learning and life skills.
 
Vision Statement: We envision a community in which all young people achieve a quality education that fosters and stimulates their true potential.
 
Strategy Statement: DeLaSalle Education Center is the only alternative charter high school in Missouri dedicated to serving at-promise urban core students. Many of our students have fallen behind in their grade level and face overwhelming academic needs and personal challenges. DeLaSalle’s unique combination of small class sizes, wraparound support services and workforce development programs give our students the tools they need to succeed and graduate.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Elizabeth Ann Sanders Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. David Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Berkowitz Oliver LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are a variety of ways available for supporting the programs and  services provided to DeLaSalle students.  These include mailing a check for general operations or specific exploratory learning and workforce development programs, such as the Culinary Arts, Senior Capstone and Career Prep Academy programs; providing in-kind donations for classrooms; or participating in volunteer opportunities to assist teachers, such as becoming a mentor or tutor to a DeLaSalle student, and supporting special events throughout the year. 
 
Please contact Pranav Nanda, Development Coordinator, on ways you can help. He can be reached at nandap@delasallecenter.org or you can learn more by visiting our website at www.delasallecenter.org
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Mission Statement: The mission of DeLaSalle Education Center is to provide a holistic environment that offers students an opportunity to improve learning and life skills.
 
Vision Statement: We envision a community in which all young people achieve a quality education that fosters and stimulates their true potential.
 
Strategy Statement: DeLaSalle Education Center is the only alternative charter high school in Missouri dedicated to serving at-promise urban core students. Many of our students have fallen behind in their grade level and face overwhelming academic needs and personal challenges. DeLaSalle’s unique combination of small class sizes, wraparound support services and workforce development programs give our students the tools they need to succeed and graduate.
Background Statement

DeLaSalle Education Center (DLS) was founded in 1971 and soon became a critical component of the urban education landscape in Kansas City. In 2010, DeLaSalle officially was recognized as a Public Charter School with a charter-school sponsorship from UMKC. In 2018, DeLaSalle transferred the charter school sponsorship from UMKC to The Missouri Charter School Commission and partnered with School Smart KC and EdOps to begin designing “DLS 2.0”, a model career-technical education destination as part of the revitalization of the school.


Throughout DeLaSalle Education Center’s history it has been among the very few alternative charter high schools in Missouri dedicated to serving at-promise urban core students. The purpose of DeLaSalle Education is to provide students a rigorous academic experience which prepares them to be productive members of society. We provide students a personalized education, wrap-around support services, and workforce development programs that help students develop the skills necessary to be successful in college and their careers.


Impact Statement
  • DeLaSalle has substantially changed its operational model for the 2018-2019 school year, rightsizing the organization to ensure financial viability while providing a high quality educational experience for students.
  • DeLaSalle Education Center has significantly changed and improved our academic experience for the 2018-2019 school year. Philosophically, DeLaSalle has begun to shift towards a 21st-century College and Career Readiness Program Model. This shift in philosophy has led to significant changes in the classroom and in the overall school.
  • This year, all teachers have created a class syllabus and a viable curriculum based on the Missouri Learning Standards or content specific standards
  • Additionally, DeLaSalle has significantly expanded our college and career readiness educational offerings. DeLaSalle has created an after-school academic and test prep tutoring program, is utilizing the Missouri Connections platform, and helping students learn more and then prepare for the path they wish to take after high school.
  • Complementing professional development efforts has been a concerted focus on providing needed socio-emotional and other supports to more effectively position students and families for success at DeLaSalle. 
  • The Health and Wellness Initiative at DeLaSalle seeks to address this and help our students make choices which lead to a healthier lifestyle. The main aspects of this initiative are; 1) supporting our students with academic & socio-emotional counselors 2) providing students a health/gym class with a curriculum which is focused on teaching them how and why to make healthy choices 3) providing our students access to needed health and wellness supplies 4) offering the necessary health & wellness trainings to our staff.
Needs Statement
  • DeLaSalle currently requires over $1.0 million dollars of private funding to support our operating budget. 
  • DeLaSalle would benefit from having a robust volunteer program to help provide further academic support to students 
  • Technology infrastructure is significantly outdated and is not up to standards for a 21st-century education 
Service Categories
Educational Services
Secondary & High Schools
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative As mentioned, DeLaSalle Education Center is an alternative charter school which serves the urban core students of Kansas City, Missouri. 66 percent of our school’s population is from the following six zip codes: 64109, 64126, 64127, 64128, 64130, 64132. According to the Kansas City Health Department, life expectancy for individuals living in those zip codes is less than 72 years, which is well below the average life expectancy of Kansas City and nationally. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our community has promised all of our children that we will provide an equal opportunity for every child to have access to the American Dream. Some people choose to characterize our DeLaSalle students as being “at-risk.” Yes, they are at risk of being homeless, food insecure, and witness to violent acts or being victims of violence. However, they are “at-promise” of attaining a viable, excellent education in order to begin positive contributions the community. DeLaSalle, along with its committed supporters, is passionately dedicated to bringing to fruition the promise that every child will be given a high-quality education and the supports to reach students’ fullest potential.
Programs
Description In addition to academic supports, DeLaSalle provides students with wrap-around support services including access to free childcare (for teen parents), counseling, therapy along with other social services. DeLaSalle students receive education in life skills, parent training (if applicable), mental and emotional health and recovery (if needed). Very few other schools provides support services on-site at no cost to the students while creating a safe and trusting environment in which these youth are able to accept the services they need. By educating and supporting students at their individual need levels, DeLaSalle works as a stabilizing force in these young people's lives.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Specialized Counseling
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short term, the Health and Wellness Initiative at DeLaSalle Education Center seeks to provide holistic services to our students so that they can have the skills necessary to cope with stress factors in their lives and achieve success inside and outside the classroom.
Long-Term Success The Health and Wellness Initiative at DeLaSalle seeks to combat the low life expectancy by providing our students education, support and resources needed to better make decisions which lead towards a healthy lifestyle. The main aspects of this initiative are; providing our students academic and socioemotional counselors, having a health/gym class with curriculum focused on making healthy choices, providing our students access to needed health and wellness supplies that they may not have access to at home, and finally ensuring that our staff is adequately trained in essential medical tasks.
Program Success Monitored By The outcomes of the project/program will be measured in various ways given that they are four different aspects of the Health and Wellness initiative at DeLaSalle Education Center. To receive specific outcomes, please contact the Development Director at development@delasallecenter.org
Examples of Program Success In the 2018-2019 school year, due to the launch of the Health and Wellness Initiative at DeLaSalle Education Center, long-term and out-of-school suspension rates have both significantly dropped. This is extremely important, as it helps keep students in school so that they are able to learn and have the support necessary to be successful.
Description
The education and services offered by DeLaSalle Education Center are critical to the Kansas City community. A majority of students served at DeLaSalle (DLS) have not been successful under the traditional education model for a variety of reasons, yet they find success at DeLaSalle due to the holistic model utilized here.
 
DeLaSalle provides students a rigorous classroom experience based on the State of Missouri DESE standards and also provides them the necessary supports to be successful in the classroom. DeLaSalle uses an individualized college and career readiness program model which prepares students for success in high school and beyond through an Individualized Academic Plan which includes career interest inventory results, state test scores, college/career plans, and academic course schedules. This academic plan will be created for every student and includes their time here at DeLaSalle and two post graduate years.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short-term our goal is to meet our students where they are academically and move them forward. We want our students to learn and grow as students and individuals so that they can achieve their career and life goals. 
Long-Term Success The long-term success of DeLaSalle's Academic programs is to help ensure students graduate and find post-secondary success. Our goal is to provide students the skills necessary to be successful in college or a career and to put them on the path towards a lifetime of success. 
Program Success Monitored By
Graduation - DeLaSalle will achieve a 90% graduation rate as measured by the number of students who enroll in August 2018 and the number who graduate in May 2019. Due to its unique distinction of being the only alternative school in Missouri, the school does not have a traditional cohort grade identifier.
 
Academic Performance - The number of students scoring in the Below Basic category on the state End of Course examples will be reduced by 50%. And the number of F grades will be reduced by 50%.
 
Average Daily Attendance - our average daily attendance rate will maintain at at least 75%
Examples of Program Success One example of recent success is that our average daily attendance is a little above 75% for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a significant step in the right direction, as historically DeLaSalle ADA has been as low as 68%. 
CEO Comments
DeLaSalle focuses on multiple aspects of post-secondary preparation through job readiness training, community service projects, financial education, a unique student-operated business and a dual enrollment program that enables students to attend community college while completing their high school education at DeLaSalle. DeLaSalle’s college and career-readiness efforts are expected to have a positive community impact by graduating more students who have skills and training in high-demand employment areas and are prepared to enter post-secondary education. A study by the Alliance for Excellent Education cited several economic benefits to the Kansas City area if the public school graduation rate increased to 90% then our federal tax revenue could be up by $8.1 million, state/local taxes could rise by $5.1 million, home sales could increase by $100 million, auto sales could climb y $4.5 million, annual earnings could increase by $50 million, and 450 new jobs could be created (this study was made in 2012).
 
Our Team of Care works with our academic team to make sure students receive ongoing social and mental services. Nearly all students enrolling at DeLaSalle have experienced significant challenges in school and life: poverty, depressed environmental conditions, and lack of healthcare knowledge and access. Many of our students have experienced trauma or witnessed violence at home or in the community. At DeLaSalle, they find a safe environment in which to learn, to heal, and to plan for their success out of school.
 
While DeLaSalle Education Center prides itself on its mission and vision of working with at-risk youth in the urban Kansas City core, we are aware that many students have no specific plans for the time immediately following the end of the school day. Some students have after-school jobs while others return home to care for family; however, others are left at risk to hunger, crime, alcohol, drugs, violence, and more. DeLaSalle Education Center is well aware of negative aspects that surround Kansas City youth and offers After School activities as part of our Healthy Communities Program to thwart these negative aspects while at the same time continuing our mission to “improve learning and life skills.” After School activities continue the message of healthy living and healthy choices through physical, intellectual, and creative activities supplemented by nutritional food and drink.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Elizabeth Ann Sanders Ph.D.
Term Start Oct 2017
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Jim Dougherty Ph.D.Jan 1983 - June 2010
Senior Staff
Title Director of Team of Care
Title Director of Admissions
Title Dean of Students
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
DeLaSalle collaborates with many community agencies throughout the school year to offer truly comprehensive services. Current and past partnerships include New Hope Counseling; Aim For Peace; United Way of Greater Kansas City; University of Kansas; Avila University and University of Missouri-KC; Western Missouri Mental Health Center, and Kansas City Free Health Clinic; Community Gardens of GKC; Greater Kansas City Chapter of The Links, Inc.,; University of Missouri Extension Office; Swope Health Services; Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA); Kansas City Police Department; Kansas City Repertory Theater, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Kansas City Art Institute; Cerner, Inc.; and Metropolitan Community College--Penn Valley, Metropolitan Community College–Business Technology, University of Central Missouri, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Local Hero AwardBank of America2005
Invitation/Special Event Publication Organizations More Than $1 millionCouncil on Philanthropy2006
Philly Award - Video PresentationCouncil on Philanthropy2008
Suicide Awareness AwardNAMI Greater Kansas City2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Oliver
Company Affiliation Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Term May 2018 to May 2019
Email davidfieldoliver@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Deidre AndersonUnited Inner City Services
Mr. David Desai-RamirezIFF - Southern Region
Mr. Scott FerberIBM
Ms. Lisa KrigstenDentons
Mr. David OliverBerkowitz Oliver LLP
Ms. Vicki StoferTrozzolo Communications Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
CEO Comments DeLaSalle is fortunate in having a working Board of Directors, who provide oversight for the governance process. The board also participates in benefits, fundraising, volunteering in the classroom, and serving on committees.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,172,391
Projected Expenses $1,994,007
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$990,166$617,337$776,942
Government Contributions$181,759$343,255$349,547
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$181,759$343,255$349,547
Individual Contributions------
--$94,003$93,970
$1,957,283$2,424,295$2,851,161
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$222,346$113,292
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$169,119$306,277$207,066
Revenue In-Kind$5,000$112,423$39,373
Other$38,710$9,389$31,322
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,882,485$3,815,138$4,182,285
Administration Expense$1,123,391$608,364$598,276
Fundraising Expense$4,350$376,482$357,081
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.830.860.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%79%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$599,213$1,030,886$1,933,984
Current Assets$380,694$747,111$436,243
Long-Term Liabilities$170,000$40,000$130,000
Current Liabilities$543,713$523,883$480,823
Total Net Assets($114,500)$467,003$1,323,161
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.701.430.91
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets28%4%7%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Reach Healthcare Foundation $39,172 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --William G. McGowen Charitable Fund $25,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Oppenstein Brothers Foundation $25,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments


Other Documents
Annual Report2014View
Organization Name DeLaSalle Education Center
Address 3737 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 641092643
Primary Phone (816) 561-4445
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Elizabeth Ann Sanders Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. David Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Year of Incorporation 1971