Cool School of the Month: OAPCS Member School Dayton Early College Academy
Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) opened its doors in 2003 and is located on the campus of the University of Dayton. It was the first early college high school in Ohio. With a student body of 455, the school serves students grades 7 through 12 who are underrepresented in higher education, unprepared academically to meet college readiness standards, and unable to pay for college. DECA provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum designed to engage all students and prepare them for academic success in college. DECA boosts an impressive statistic: 100% of the graduates go on to pursue higher education and DECA was rated Excellent with Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education.
School Leader Dave Taylor presented at the OAPCS’ School Leader Symposium this summer about the importance of board development and fundraising, sharing examples of partnerships that DECA has built within the community. Dave’s session was rated excellent by participants at the Symposium, with one attendee’s comments stating, “I could listen to Dave all day. My only regret is that his presentation was not longer. His advice about fundraising was the one of the most valuable lessons I have learned as a new school leader.”