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By Degrees Foundation

Program Description

Since 1990, we've been a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to helping more Des Moines students graduate from high school ready to pursue postsecondary education and fulfilling careers.

We believe education is a community effort, and we know it's much more than what happens in the classroom. That's why we support whole schools, families, and neighborhoods. Our work begins in kindergarten and follows students to and through high school graduation, ensuring they're prepared for postsecondary education and careers.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Central College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Drake University
  • Grand View University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa