Together we are more.
Our experiential, collaborative learning. Our accelerated and enriched curriculum. Our deeply committed faculty and inspiring graduates. They are only possible because dedicated donors like you come together to back up our belief that our children can’t wait.
We know that many families make sacrifices to keep their children here. We respect that by stewarding our resources wisely and making great efforts to keep tuition as low as possible.
Gifts to the ACS Fund provide the resources needed to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our students.
The ACS Fund – our annual giving – is a critical component of a true educational experience at Avery Coonley. The ACS Fund supports specific enhancements to the school and helps close the gap between the full cost of an Avery Coonley education and the revenue generated from tuition. In the 2023-24 school year, money raised through the ACS Fund will be used to enhance the following areas:
ACADEMICS: Your gift directly supports the ACS classroom experience, where small groups of high achieving students, dedicated faculty, and an innovative curriculum come together in a journey of discovery and intellectual growth.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Your gift supports our broad-reaching student services, that help students navigate interactions in and outside the classroom and support the whole child. Services include health, Social-Emotional Learning, counseling, the Middle School advisory program, and learning specialists.
TECHNOLOGY: Your gift supports advancements in technology, design, and innovation that are essential to the student experience at Avery Coonley. Funds will ensure the successful implementation of high-quality educational programs in the STE(A)M fields, allowing ACS students to collaborate with classmates in new and creative ways.
FINE ARTS: Your gift supports our comprehensive arts program, where activities are as varied as drawing scientific illustrations, performing songs from a culture being studied, and producing a full-length play to name but a few. With a full curriculum in the visual arts, music, and drama, your support will enable us to expand upon the curriculum and let our imaginations soar.
Our goal this year is to raise at least $400,000 in unrestricted funds to support these investments. 10% of the ACS Fund will also be used to support The ACS General Endowment, which helps sustain the school in perpetuity.
All members of the ACS community are encouraged to participate between July 1 and June 30. Donations at any level are greatly appreciated and show your support for our students and our school. Gifts to the ACS Fund are 100% tax-deductible to the extent of the law, and donations at any level are a vital way to show support for our students and the school.
Gifts Of All Sizes Make a Difference
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An independent school should have an endowment that is at least equal to the annual operating budget, which for The Avery Coonley School would mean an endowment of around $7 million. Progress toward this goal is an important initiative of the School's strategic plan.
Endowment gifts provide financial stability so Avery Coonley can continue to serve students far into the future. Only the investment income from the endowment is used so the principal can continue to grow. Gifts to each endowment fund and earnings on those gifts are permanently restricted to be used only for the intended purpose as described below.
We are deeply indebted to the incredible foundational support of Queene Ferry Coonley and of countless other parents through the decades past who have sustained this wonderful community so that it could be here for our children. This is why we have contributed to the school’s annual giving fund, the ACS Fund, every year.
Neal and Jen Reenan
Several memorial funds have been set up at The Avery Coonley School to provide scholarships and support the academic experience while remembering treasured members of our community.
The ACS Library Birthday Fund supports the library collection of books and e-books for both recreational reading and research. This tradition dates to the first years of Avery Coonley under the leadership of Queene Ferry Coonley. Today we carry on her belief: what better gift to give but a book to be shared by others. Students also enjoy seeing their names on the bookplates in recognition of their birthdays!
Share Your Time
The Home and School Association organizes and sponsors popular activities and events such as the Fun Run, Fall Fest, Artsonia, and Student Enrichment Events. We are always looking for help—and it’s a wonderful way to meet other families!