Using our donations

What we use our donations for*

 

Supporting existing academic programs

 

Some of our notable programs and attributes are:

In all subjects: we maintain small class sizes (maximum 15, median 10, average 9), enabling all students to have individual attention

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Classes in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish:  our teacher is a Nanjing-born native speaker and the recipient of awards from the Chinese government for teaching Chinese to non-native speakers

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Middle school: we created a wide and deep curriculum with advanced science and technology classes and special classes in social studies, computer programming, special topics (recently, Chinese history and geography, biogeography)

Special facilities and equipment: we have high-tech laboratory equipment and supplies, both from new purchases made with donated funds and from the long scientific careers of our science teachers.  We have a networked weather station with extra sensors for solar radiation and sky radiative temperature

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Student projects: a notable one is construction of a light-up periodic table of the chemical elements controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer and our own custom-designed and custom–made logic board

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Singapore math: we use it throughout the grades

Expert teachers: We keep up our competitive salary rates, which are also equal across all teachers as a principle of ours.  We get donations of teaching equipment and supplies, supplementing the purchases we make from donated funds.

 

Supporting the students’ physical, emotional, and social growth:

Playground and sports equipment: many items, such as play houses and a tennis ball-return net, are from direct donations of goods, while others, such as tennis racquets, tumbling mats for playground safety, a climbing dome, and a teeter-totter, are from donated funds.  We are looking at upgrades in the play area surfacing.

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We have supported teacher training in sex education and in phonics / dyslexia remediation.

 

* Did you notice the dangling preposition?  Grammarians are OK with them; they’re a natural part of speech