Redefining the urban public school experience
BY 2022, MORE THAN 1,000 NEW BEDFORD CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE A HIGH-QUALITY ALMA EDUCATION EACH YEAR. Alma del Mar envisions a future where New Bedford families are surrounded by high quality school options, including our own schools. To bring about this future, we need to redefine what it means to be an urban public school. It’s time to put the school experience for students, teachers and families at the forefront of everything we do. At Alma, we’ve designed a student experience that leads our scholars to high achievement and personal growth. We’ve also designed a teacher experience that sets the stage for our scholars’ success. Now, we’re working to surround our scholars with a community of support by creating strong social ties among our families. Through our 3-YEAR, $6.2 MILLION IMPACT CAMPAIGN we’ll invest heavily in the design and implementation of all three experiences— those of our scholars, our teachers and our families— resulting in a new model for urban public schools.
Alma del Mar is growing: Eight years after the founding of our successful K-8 charter public school, we’re adding a second K-8 campus that will more than double our total enrollment. Alma’s IMPACT CAMPAIGN is an ambitious, three-year effort that combines our annual fundraising with our capital funding needs. The campaign is focused on two overarching goals:
• Deepening Alma’s impact by funding aspects of our model that TRANSFORM THE SCHOLAR, TEACHER AND FAMILY EXPERIENCE. • Growing Alma’s impact by providing the STARTUP SUPPORT AND FACILITIES to increase our enrollment to over 1,000 kids in New Bedford within the next four years.
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ALMA DEL MAR: OTTIWELL CAMPUS
ALMA DEL MAR: DOUGLASS CAMPUS
DEEPENING ALMA’S IMPACT: OUR SCHOLARS
Our K-8 model allows New Bedford children to spend up to nine years receiving a rigorous, content-rich education with an emphasis on service leadership. The scholar experience is bolstered by the individualized support we provide to each scholar. We do whatever it takes to remove the barriers to our scholars’ achievement. Our IMPACT CAMPAIGN will support this critical work: • Counseling • On-site Physical/ • Hearing aids • Eyeglasses Speech/Occupational • Clothing • On-site dental care Therapy
WE AR E RE D E FININ G W H AT I T M EA N S TO B E AN
We know that our ability to lead our scholars to wild success in the future depends in large part on our ability to ATTRACT, DEVELOP AND RETAIN TOP TEACHING TALENT.
Over the past five years, we’ve focused on creating the ideal ecosystem in which talented teachers can thrive. With support from the Impact Campaign, we’ll be able to make bigger bets on initiatives designed to transform the experience of creative people working in urban public schools like ours. These initiatives include: • Our ASSOCIATE TEACHER PROGRAM, which allows new teachers to develop their practice with a high level of support from a seasoned educator • Our MASTER TEACHER PROGRAM, which allows our highest performing teachers to continue to hone their craft while allowing their classroom to serve as a model both within and beyond our school walls • The ALMAZING FUND, a donor-supported fund which give Alma’s incredible educators the chance to experience the world around them and how it relates to their curriculum • ALMA TALKS, an opportunity for staff members to share their ideas and expertise with their colleagues.
URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SCHOLAR AND TEACHER.
The best schools are a hub of resources and relationships for families, ensuring that parents have ample support in the difficult and critical work of raising strong kids. FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES will draw on the existing strengths and resources of Alma families toward ensuring that all of our scholars have strong support at home. Families will BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS with other families, be EXPOSED TO HEALTHY ACTIVITIES around the city at no cost, and be CHALLENGED TO SHOW SERVICE to their greater community. Our full-time coordinator will also connect families with community resources related to issues New Bedford families are often impacted by, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, adolescent behavior and health.
As a charter school, we receive virtually no public money for capital needs. That means we rely almost entirely on funders like you to provide the equity for the construction of our new scholarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school. Every dollar you give our Impact Campaign will be further leveraged by outside financing - to the benefit of all our scholars. Our new Frederick Douglass Campus is temporarily housed in a former parochial school in New Bedford. We are currently in the pre-development phase for a new facility for our Frederick Douglass Campus. Construction is slated to begin in Spring 2020. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $6.2 MILLION OVER THREE YEARS TOWARD OUR NEW SCHOOL, LOCATED IN THE NORTH END OF NEW BEDFORD, AND TOWARD DEEPENING OUR IMPACT IN NEW BEDFORD AND BEYOND.
New School Construction, $5,200,000 Scholar & Teacher Experience, $900,000 Families Helping Families, $150,000
To make a donation, visitalmadelmar.org/impact or make a check payable to the Alma del Mar Foundation and send to 515 Belleville Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746
515 Belleville Ave. New Bedford, MA 02746