We are Northshore Area (Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville) school age parents, extended community residents, businesses, municipalities, and area-wide supporters of our schools and students. We are the Northshore community, and we seek to enhance learning opportunities for all Northshore students through our district-wide fundraising efforts. We use these funds to support critical needs of the Northshore School District.
We are a non-profit organization originally founded in 1995 as the Northshore Public Education Foundation (NPEF). In 2009, the organization changed its name to the Northshore Schools Foundation (Foundation). The Foundation operates separately from the Northshore School District (NSD) and is funded solely through private contributions. We partner with the NSD, individual schools, parent groups, local businesses and corporations and the community-at-large to enhance learning opportunities for all Northshore students.
This mission of the Northshore Schools Foundation is support programs and partnerships that enhance learning opportunities for all Northshore students.
What Do We Fund
Five Funding Initiatives
In 2011 the Northshore Schools Foundation established five priorities to direct Foundation funding for the next three years. Through our granting program for District Wide Curriculum Grants, Innovative Classroom Grants and National Board Teacher Certification (UW Support group tuition reimbursement), we are using your donations to impact:
Literacy Curriculum Enhancement
STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Advanced and Disadvantage Learners
Enhancement Programming (Health, Fitness, Art and Music)
Basic reading proficiency is the foundation to future student success in all subjects. Strong literacy skills are closely linked to academic success and the probability of having a good job, decent earnings and access to training opportunities. Northshore School District is implementing new elementary-level literacy curriculum—the first in 15 years.
Northshore Schools Foundation is supporting classrooms by providing literacy enhancement materials for schools.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
The workforce is changing and a student’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math is required for a successful career in the 21st century. NSD has adopted a variety of curriculum and expanded program options for students to develop these skills. An example of these program offerings is the Environmental Studies Program at Secondary Academy for Success, created in collaboration with Cascadia Community College.
Northshore Schools Foundation is committed to ensuring students have the programs and equipment necessary to successfully embark on a comprehensive STEM learning experience.
Teacher excellence through quality instruction is a priority for the Northshore School District. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential awarded to teachers who successfully complete a “voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards.” To date, 70 NSD teachers have earned this distinction.
The Foundation is committed to supporting the cultivation of exceptional teachers by offering tuition reimbursement for the University of Washington Mentorship Support Program.
Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners: Meeting the Needs of ALL Students
Northshore School District strives to provide a world-class education to each of its more than 19,000 students. The District provides rigorous curriculum, programs, and opportunities to meet the varied needs of students and challenge them to excel academically. Examples of district-wide programs to meet unique student needs include Advanced Placement, Elementary Advanced Placement (AP), English Language Learner (ELL), International Baccalaureate (IB), Career and Technical Education (CTE), Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Special Education.
The Foundation has a long history of purchasing textbooks for our more advanced students, and supplies and equipment for children with learning disadvantages. This year the Foundation is expanding its scope beyond classroom walls by helping to support programs that address non-academic barriers to learning as well and are partnering with the school district to support programs such as Natural Leaders and Hang Time.
Enhancement Programming (Fitness, Health, Music and Art)
Since our inception, the Northshore Schools Foundation has focused on supporting educational excellence for Northshore students. As academic standards become more robust, and district resources are being utilized to insure that resources are available to support basic education, there are increasing opportunities for community organizations to step in and support activities that enhance learning beyond academia. Innovative Classroom Grants support teachers with a vision to provide beyond classroom essentials and focus on fitness, health, service and art education as well as other Foundation priorities.
How We Grant Money for the Benefit of ALL Northshore Students
The Northshore Schools Foundation works in close partnership with Northshore School District to more successfully meet the District’s needs. Fueled by input from the District, the foundation has adopted three funding s:
Innovative Classroom Grants
National Board Certification Grants for Teachers
District Curriculum Support through the provision of Basic Instructional Materials
How We Raise Money For Northshore Students
The Foundation is funded solely by private contributions. Its two major fundraisers are the Calling for Kids Phonathon (October) and the “Light a Fire for Learning” community luncheon (April). Additional funds come from generous donors through workplace giving campaigns (United Way) and corporate partnerships as well as individual and corporate donors.