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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Atlas Preparatory School


During its annual statewide conference in Black Hawk, Colorado, El Pomar Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to five outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the impact these organizations have on the people of Colorado.

Atlas Preparatory School was honored with the Julie and Spencer Penrose Award for outstanding non-profit. In honor of El Pomar Foundation’s 75th anniversary, Atlas Prep received a grant of $75,000.

The mission of Atlas Prep is to provide low-income youth in Colorado Springs with the academic preparation, character development, and ongoing support required to attend and graduate from a four-year college. Atlas achieves this mission through longer school days and years, a first rate faculty of staff and teachers, increased tutoring through a homework center, and an emphasis on the REACH values of respect, excellence, authenticity, curiosity and hard work.

Why is Atlas an award winner? The school has grown from serving 81 5th graders at its inception in 2005 to an enrollment of over 700 students in grades 5 through 9 in 2013. Their intent is to serve students in 5th through 12th grade by 2016.

Check out the video that honored Atlas Prep during the awards ceremony last weekend!