What began in 2008 as a grassroots effort has achieved tremendous success: a thriving K8 school with a growing reputation for academic excellence. In just the last year, the school has achieved significant milestones like:
- The majority of our students scored at the “proficient” and “distinguished” levels in Milestones testing – scoring nearly twice as high as their DeKalb and state-wide peers in all areas — math, science, social studies and ELA
- We won the Silver Highest Performing Award from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
- We were a finalist for the Charter School of the Year award
- Our Principal Katherine Kelbaugh was named 2018 Charter School Leader of the Year
These achievements have been made possible by the hard work, dedication and contributions of the entire school community. Since 2010, these contributions helped the school move from trailers in a church parking lot, to a vacant school building, to a buzzing school environment. Along the way, the school has made key enhancements to the school like a cafetorium and a bridge to connect the lower and upper school buildings.
What is the Museum School Foundation?
Your taxes cover all of our instructional and operating costs through the allotment from the DeKalb County School District. As with all charter schools in Georgia, The Museum School of Avondale Estates must raise significant funding to construct and maintain its own facilities. The Foundation is the entity that helps raise these funds that are key to keeping The Museum School at the forefront of education in the state. All the additions and modifications have been funded through funds raised by the Foundation
The Museum School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) governed by a board of directors consisting entirely of volunteers. The Foundation Board works closely with The Museum School Board to identify needs and priorities, and ensure all of the money raised through the Foundation is allocated to the designated projects. Since its formation in 2011, The Museum School Foundation has raised millions of dollars to successfully fund the required renovation of the existing school facilities. The Foundation will continue to support the school as it grows and seeks new ways to better serve its students and the community.
We have completed all five phases of our initial renovation plan, and have now embarked on our most ambitious project yet – A media center necessary to meet the county and state requirements and provide a superior educational environment for our children.
What is the Media Center?
It’s a state-of-the-art learning facility that will be built adjacent to the existing cafeteria space with amenities aimed at the children’s learning and development. It will have:
- Traditional library resources with more books for learning and enjoyment
- More technology pods to conduct research
- A maker space to foster creativity and exploration
- An outdoor classroom to stimulate learning
- A garden to appreciate nature
How can you help?
The Media Center is a $2 Million dollar initiative. The Foundation has helped raise almost $1 Million from the school community. Based on the strength of the raised money, we have broken ground to have the Media Center operational by Fall 2019. However, we have a long way to go to complete the center. We need your help in taking us closer to the finish line, to build a school that is the envy of the state, to build a legacy that will outlast your child’s years in school.
How do I become a Curator?
There are many ways to give. Monetary donations are accepted as a one-time gift, recurring gifts, or a pledge to our 2018-2019 Curator Circle Annual Fund. Leveraging your corporate connections is a great way to bolster your donations – many companies offer employees matching charitable giving programs. In-kind and other non-monetary donations of services to the Foundation are also welcomed. We ask that you pledge a gift in an amount meaningful to you. Every pledge makes a difference.
The Museum School Foundation is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Your donation to the Foundation may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part.