Educational Institutions

Alamo Heights School Foundation

  • San Antonio, TX
  • www.ahschoolfoundation.org

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Mission Statement

The Alamo Heights School Foundation mobilizes community support for current and long-term strategies that enhance and perpetuate district-wide academic opportunity and excellence for our children.

Main Programs

  1. AHISD Wellness Program
  2. Grants to Educators
  3. Heights Heroes
  4. Named Funds

ruling year

1971

Executive Director

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Dianne Hughes

Keywords

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EIN

23-7282478

 Number

0901218979

Also Known As

AHSF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

AHISD Wellness Program

In its 2009 Strategic Plan, AHISD declared that it was time to “aggressively confront the social and emotional issues of our community”. Drug and alcohol abuse is a National problem that reinforces the necessity that our schools address the whole student and issues that surround their choices.

In response, a Wellness Coordinator was hired. For the past three years she has been developing campus programs to provide age appropriate responses and resources relevant to the emotional and social well-being of AHISD students. The Wellness Program focuses on the family to foster better family relationships and much needed honesty in our community in treating emotional and behavioral issues that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse. The goal is to nurture preventative resources that support healthier choices and helps save lives.

AHISD is in the process of creating a new paradigm that could become a model for other school districts and communities. To date, we have received requests from both public and private schools to share information about the program and its intended scope.

Our campaign goal of $1.5 million will endow this program in perpetuity to sustain a program that is already creating a healthier community and saving lives.

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Program 2

Grants to Educators

The Alamo Heights School Foundation's current Grants to Educators program was established in 1998 for educator innovation. The Innovative Grants program awarded AHISD teacher applicants with funds that enable and encourage them to be innovative in their approach to teaching, motivating and inspiring student learning through developing activities or incorporating materials outside normal curriculum or teaching patterns.

In 2009, the AHSF evolved Innovative Grants to the current Grants to Educators program. The guiding criterion for allocating Grants to Educators comes from four focus areas of AHISD's Strategic Plan.
- All Learning will be Engaging, Relevant & Challenging - AHSF supports educator efforts aimed at attaining academic excellence through specific and rigorous academic experiences.
- Closing the Achievement Gap - AHSF supports educator efforts of differentiated instruction in core curriculum to address the varied needs of students.
- Ensuring a High-Performing Faculty and Staff - AHSF recognizes that an integral part of excellence in education is continued educator development, collaboration, and leadership.
- Creating a Culture of Participation that Ensures Equitable Access to Academic (and Extra-Curricular) Activities - AHSF supports projects and programs that further equitable access to academic activities for all students in the AHISD.

In 2012, the AHSF awarded 58 teachers in the district $100,000 worth of grants.

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Program 3

Heights Heroes

Heights Heroes Awards were created in 2009-2010 with the goal to recognize excellent teaching practices by peer nominations in the Alamo Heights Independent School District.

Eligibility: Any member of the AHISD faculty, staff or administration can nominate a teacher/educator for a Heights Hero Award. The review committee seeks to identify those who go "above and beyond" in their teaching and instructional methods - being available, inspiring a class to excel, or making a real difference in the lives of the students are examples. The AHSF Board makes its selections based on those teachers who most closely fit the award criteria.

Amounts: All Heights Heroes Awards shall be in the amount of $500 to be used for the recipient’s classroom or school-related project.

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Program 4

Named Funds

In addition to the grants for which teachers apply, there are other grants available that support specific educational opportunities for teachers and students. Some of these funds are endowed to provide for a full program and/or position, while others provide a portion of a program or position.

Part of the important work of the AHSF is to grow the General Endowment for perpetual sustainability of the needs of AHISD. The Alamo Heights School Foundation accepts gifts to endow specific programs and/or positions of importance that align with its mission statement to provide academic excellence. Such gifts would be from $1.5 million upward.
- Glenn R. and Sally Ramsdell Fund
- Teacher for Academic Excellence in Science
- Faye Langley Cowden Chair for Elementary Education
- Johnnie Eng Excellence in Teaching Fund
- Wellness Program
- Rob Boldrick Memorial Award
- Caroline Gose Memorial Grant
- Graham Ladensohn Memorial Lecture Series
- Martha Spoor Young Writers Fund
- The Charles Urschel Guenther Theater Arts Fund
- Ida M. Kennedy Fund for Academic Excellence
- Sarah Chidgey Hughes Shine Bright Fund *
- Paul A. Forester Math Fund *

* Fund currently maturing

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ALAMO HEIGHTS SCHOOL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Alamo Heights School Foundation

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Executive Director

Dianne Hughes

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tiffany Mills

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