The Highline Schools Foundation supports the core purpose of Highline Public Schools – “to create a path to success for every student.” The Foundation acts as a bridge between need and opportunity in many ways – through college scholarships, college campus field trips, sports participation fees, band and orchestra instruments, and backpacks and school supplies; but one of the most impactful ways the Foundation supports students is with classroom grants.
The Foundation applauds each teacher’s dedication to providing the best possible education for our 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 an award of $50 to $2,500 for a specific project. In 2016, The Highline Schools Foundation awarded $100,865 in grants and since the project’s origin in February 2002, we have distributed $561,893 to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools.
Grant requests are accepted each fall and we announce the program on our website, Facebook and Twitter. The Grant Review Committee (composed of Foundation Trustees) always has a very difficult time selecting grants to fund with so many original and worthwhile projects!
2017-2018 Funded Grants
We awarded $100,500 in Excel Grants grants to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools this December! Over 150 applications were received in 2017, and we were able to fund over 50% of them and every school (with a teacher who applied for a grant) received at least one and in many cases multiple.
2016-2017 Funded Grants
We are excited to announce the Foundation increased the amount of Excel Grants awarded to $100,865 in 2016 to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools!
2015-2016 Funded Grants
In 2015, the Foundation was able to fund more grant requests this year than ever before! $80,472 through 112 classroom grants and every school who applied for a grant this year received at least one!
2014-2015 Funded Grants
In 2014, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $65,053 through 89 classroom grants! The Foundation was able to fund 85% of the grant requests this year and every school within Highline Public Schools received at least one grant!
2013-2014 Funded Grants
In 2013, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $48,675 in Excel grants for 77 grants at 35 different schools in Highline Public Schools
2012-2013 Funded Grants
In 20912, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $41,539 in Excel/MAD grants for 78 grants at 35 different schools throughout Highline Public Schools
2011-2012 Funded Grants
In 2011, the Highline Schools Foundation awarded $31,608 in Excel/MAD grants for 54 grants at 30 different schools throughout Highline Public Schools
MAD Grants: MAD Grants are funded by Nanci Tangeman, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA (1979) and Chris Blumenthal, a graduate of Grant High School in Portland, OR (1981). They started MAD Grants in 2002 after Chris heard a radio story about a couple in Boston who had started a grant program for teachers in their school district as a way to give back to their community. Since 2002, Nanci and Chris have donated to Highline Schools Foundation to fund a number of projects.