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Lana Baroudi, teacher at Southern Heights took her students to see an original production, Brooklyn Bridge, at the Seattle Children’s Theater thanks to an Excel Grant.

For 14 years, Highline Schools Foundation has awarded grants directly to pre-K through 12th grade educators (including teachers, counselors, librarians, and other staff) throughout all Highline Public Schools to support innovative teaching and learning.

The goal of the Excel Grant program is to fund innovative ideas and programs that school budgets can’t provide. We strive to support activities and experiences that expand the learning process and actively engage students.

The Foundation’s Impact Grant awards $10,000 to only one school or program in the district for an opportunity that aligns with the Highline Public Schools strategic plan in a way that impacts a large number of students.

The Excel Grant program was created in 2002 to support classroom innovation in our district, and to provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful! An Excel Grant is a one-time award for a specific project. Since the beginning of the program, the maximum Excel Grant funded has been $1,000– but starting the 2016-17 school year the Foundation has increased the maximum grant amount to $2,500 for one project! [Grants funded for 2016-2017 School Year]

In support of the District’s Strategic Plan where every student in the class of 2026 will graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate, the Department of Technology Services (DoTS) offered Technology Mini Grants in 2015 to help bridge the gap for educational reform in the classroom, and advance student achievement. For the 2016-17 school-year, these grants will be available to teachers through the Excel Grant program.

Contact the Foundation office at [email protected] or (206) 248-5196 for more information.