While we are most proud of our accomplishments to date, the Middle School venture has been a financial struggle for us. Currently, the Middle School runs at an annual operating deficit of $300,000. Hence, we have recently entered into discussions with a top Education Law Firm that is helping us to separate the Middle School from the rest of the school by converting it to a Not For Profit institution. We believe that by so doing, we can help the Middle School flourish and enable these very deserving students to stay in the school and continue to receive a first rate academic education. To do so, we need help building our school's Foundation, so that our gifted and diverse students who have few other options can continue to be part of the fiber and community that makes up Ivy League School.
In addition to its current obligations, the Foundation will generate funds for a number of enhancements to the campus which will benefit current students and the community as a whole. The Explore House will continue to be reconfigured to include a multi-purpose science center complete with hands-on experiences for our younger students. Our facility continues to be available to community groups during off school hours and will continue to offer very exciting new options to our campers during the summer months. Although we have a well distributed campus with an open country feel, classroom space is limited by the size of the existing Middle School Building. In order to increase our student population and provide modern facilities for additional music and art programming, we are campaigning to raise $ 1,500,000 to erect a new Middle School building.
Over the past three years, The Ivy League School Foundation, Inc. has also done community outreach helping several local community organizations and charities. Most recently, the Foundation hosted a weekend retreat for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The mission of the Young People’s Chorus is to provide children of diverse abilities and ethnic backgrounds with a unique program of music appreciation and choral performance that seeks to fulfill each child’s musical potential, while creating a model of artistic excellence and harmony that enriches the community.
The Foundation has also organized and run several coat and food drives each season for the past two years, to support Pronto and Long Island Cares, respectively. Pronto of Long Island, a nonprofit community outreach center which provides basic human services with care and compassion to those in need, has received hundreds of toys as a result of the Foundation’s efforts. Long Island Cares provides nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 540 community-based member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veteran’s services and more.
Donations to the Foundation directly benefit all Ivy League students, toddlers through middle school. Special programs, curriculum enhancements, foreign language programs such as Mandarin in the preschool and elementary grades, and field trips have been fully or partially supported by the Foundation. Some trips have included the recent 6th and 7th grade trip to the King Tut exhibit in New York City and the Museum of Natural History field trip already enjoyed by our grades K-5 students.
And thanks to the generosity of our contributors, we have already been able to bring cultural programs to our school. These have included workshops from Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and a performance from About the Swing, both who have entertained and interacted with all students from Pre-School to Middle School.