As a charter school, Woods is self-governed. This autonomy gives Woods opportunity for creativity and flexibility in our curriculum; and in turn, we offer tremendous options for our students. Woods' success is evident in the vibrant learning environments and lively engagement you see within our classrooms. Additionally, while we are hesitant to define ourselves by outside measurements, we are recognized by them– one recognition being US News & World Report’s ranking Woods 3rd best public high school in our state and 100th best in the nation (top 0.5% in the country).
Woods independence is what allows us to be the school we are, but it also comes with a price.
Charter schools are not eligible for local bond funds. As a result, our regular local and state funding only covers approximately 83% of our school budget.
The Woods Charter School Foundation works to bridge the gap between the funding shortage and what we need to make a Woods education a Woods education. This year, the goal for our Annual Fund is $300,000, and will be used to support the school in three ways:
1. Curricular Materials & Student Consumables: It takes a lot of money to outfit our K-12 school each year! Textbooks, workbooks, chrome books . . . the list goes on. Our Annual Fund has already paid for $33K in these supplies for our students this school year alone, and we estimate another $32K in support for the remainder of the year!
2. Professional Development: We believe the best teachers are those who are able to continue learning and growing throughout their careers. To help our teachers work towards their academic and professional goals, the Annual Fund pays for our faculty’s professional development. The Annual Fund has already supported over $7500 in professional development opportunities this school year, and we anticipate $14K more in support. We love seeing the knowledge and enthusiasm our teachers bring back to the students!
3. End-of-Year Faculty Supplement: Most parents are shocked to discover that our faculty are paid less than they would be at traditional public schools all around us. Our teachers are among the very best and brightest – any school would be lucky to have them. They choose to be at Woods because they believe in our school, but we don’t want their choice to be more of a financial hardship than it has to be. Last year, our Annual Fund was able to provide our largest end-of-year supplement to date – over $1900 per full-time faculty member. However, our teachers are still underpaid when compared to their counterparts around the Triangle. We would love to be able to up that number this year and get closer to bridging the gap.
We are hopeful for another successful year of Annual Fund giving and appreciate your support! To learn more about the Foundation, please contact Jessica Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.960.5393.
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Woods Charter School Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organization (EIN # 32-0198253) and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Our address is 160 Woodland Grove Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.