EAS Student and Family Expenses
How are EAS programs funded?
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.
- EAS PTO Membership: An annual $25 membership fee per family covers operating costs of the PTO.
- Volunteer Hours: Each family contributes 25 hours volunteer time per year.
- Consumable Materials Fee: Annual cost is $30 which covers consumable materials used in Art, Spanish, Math and Science.
- Fall and End-of-Year Camps: These events are largely covered by grant monies and donations. Each student pays a food/supplies fee of $75 for our week at camp in the fall and for our end-of-year camp.
- Spring 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. Costs for each trip vary and can range from $250 for a local activity to an occasionally offered cross country or travel abroad opportunity costing as much as $2000.
- Wednesday Electives: EAS offers a large range of elective classes throughout the school year. Electives generally fall into three primary categories: (1) Arts & Crafts, (2) Technology, and (3) Sports & Fitness. Some classes, facilitated by volunteers, cost nothing or only a nominal fee for supplies needed for the class. Other electives offered off campus include such activities as: Indoor Rock Climbing; Bowling; Candy Making; Cake Decorating; Water Sports; Trampoline; Parkour. 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 $45 - $100 for a 6 – 8 week session.
Financing Student Participation in EAS Programs:
- Scrip Program: All families of currently enrolled students can participate in the PTO-organized Scrip program. Using Scrip for purchases they would normally make over the year, it is possible for a family to raise a significant amount of money towards the aforementioned expenses (excluding the EAS Shuttle fee and volunteer time commitment).
- Corporate Match: Some businesses offer matching donations for charitable contributions of money or volunteer time. The EAS PTO is a 501(c) (3) organization. Families who qualify for a Corporate Match can apply those funds toward any of their child’s EAS expenses or contribute the funds to the PTO Financial Assistance program for qualifying students needing support.
- Financial assistance for some of the program expenses outlined above is available through the EAS PTO for qualifying students .Families who wish to make a donation to the financial assistance program are welcome to do so. Contact the EAS office if you have questions about the financial assistance program.