The Adventure Education, Community Stewardship, and extended learning programs offered at EAS require funding beyond the per pupil allotment provided by Lake Washington School District and Washington State. Funding for these programs involves commitment of EAS staff, the PTO, and families of EAS students.
EAS teachers write grants for specific needs related to Adventure Education and Community Stewardship Projects. Since EAS opened in 1999, teachers have acquired an average of $20,000 per school year in grants.
Family responsibilities include:
EAS Family Contribution: EAS families contribute $200 per year for each child attending EAS to be used for Adventure Education, Community Stewardship, and other school programs and resources that benefit all students. There are no other school-sponsored fundraisers.
Volunteer Hours: Each family contributes 25 hours volunteer time per year (or in-kind financial donations of $15 per hour for unfulfilled volunteer hours).
EAS PTO Membership: A $25 membership fee per family covers operating costs of the PTO. In addition, the PTO hosts an annual BINGO night. Proceeds fund EAS activities and events sponsored by our PTO.
Fall and End of Year Camps: These events are largely covered by grant monies and general funds. Each student pays a food/supplies fee of $60 - $75 for the fall and end of year weeks at camp.
Spring Adventure Trips: Students choose from a list of 5 or 6 trips offered by the EAS teachers. Every student’s expense is subsidized using grant monies and general funds. Costs for each trip vary and can range from roughly $250 for a local activity to an occasionally offered travel abroad opportunity costing as much as $2000.
Wednesday Electives: EAS offers a large range of elective classes throughout the school year. Some classes, facilitated by volunteers, cost nothing or only a nominal fee for supplies needed for the class. Other electives offered off campus include activities such as Vertical World (indoor rock climbing), bowling, variety sports (indoor flag football, basketball, fencing), cake decorating and cooking. The fees for these activities for an EAS group are much less than what it would cost an individual. The average cost for activities of this nature is $40 - $75 for a 6 – 7 week session.
EAS Shuttle Bus: Students who ride the LWSD Shuttle Bus from Redmond pay an annual transportation fee to LWSD. Currently that fee is $350 per year.
Financing Student Participation in EAS Programs
Beginning in 2007, families have been able to participate in the SCRIP Program through the EAS PTO. Using SCRIP for purchases they would normally make over the year, it's possible for a family to raise a significant amount of money toward any of the EAS learning program expenses.
Scholarship funds are available for EAS expeditions and Wednesday Electives. Families who wish to make a donation to the scholarship fund are welcome to do so. Contact the EAS office if you have questions about scholarship funds.