This is a crucial time for education in the U.S. Because of recent budget cuts and other restrictions, Missouri public schools, in general, are underfunded. Charter schools have been hit even harder, as funding options for charters are more limited. Charters must rely on fundraising and financing for all major renovations and expansions. Over the past 10 years, Académie Lafayette has worked diligently to raise funds to purchase and expand a second campus because of its growing student population, but the needs continue. There are many ways to support our mission; learn more and/or donate below.
Musketeer March, the school jog-a-thon, is held the second Friday in May. Students secure donations by asking friends and family to support them as they run/walk/jog/skip around a pre‑set course.
AmazonSmile is a simple way to support Académie Lafayette every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same prices and selection, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Académie Lafayette. Be sure to select Académie Lafayette as your charitable organization before you begin shopping.
The Annual Fund is held every year typically beginning in November. Its purpose is to raise unrestricted funds for the school through voluntary donations. The Annual Fund uses a combination of direct mail, email, and social media to request funds from our stakeholders including current parents, alumni, community members, grandparents, and members of the Board of Directors. Because Académie Lafayette is a 501(c)3, all donations to the Annual Fund are tax deductible.
The raffle is held in the fall at the beginning of the school year. Typically the raffle lasts eight weeks. Tickets cost $5 each. They can be purchased online or from an Académie Lafayette student. A drawing to determine the winner is held at a fall school event. The winner is announced on social media and the school website.
In 2016, AL 8th grader Isabella Dougherty was awarded the Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Award for selling raffle tickets.
In addition to securing unrestricted funds to support the school’s operating budget, we also request grants from foundations to support specific projects. Examples of these include: grants to pay for Smart Boards, the Oak auditorium renovation, the IB Middle Years Program, the Outreach Program, and capital projects for the nurses’ office, including washer dryers and new beds.
State budget restrictions have left Missouri public schools underfunded by more than $600 million. Read more about Missouri’s Budget here.
For the same number of grades, we have more teachers because we have a full department of English teachers, plus Spanish and Mandarin teachers. Our international teachers require visas and we provide both English and French materials for libraries and classrooms. Our sponsor, University of Central Missouri, provides vital support and oversight; however, we are required by state law to pay 1.5% of our revenue (up to $125,000) for these important services.
Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools cannot raise funds for major renovations or expansions through tax increases or bond sales. We rely on fundraising and financing to build the extra classrooms at Cherry, install the new boiler at Oak and plan for a new secure entry at Oak.
An education from Académie Lafayette gives our students many advantages:
I have two wonderful boys attending the Oak campus. They started at the church off Wornall and it amazes me how much the school has grown. I love the participation of the staff, administrators, student body and parents camaraderie. The diversity is awesome too!
My kids and I are so grateful for this school and the school community. We love AL.
An excellent charter school in the heart of Kansas City. This French-immersion school is a reason to stay in KC and raise a family. The parent community is excellent and caring about the school. The teachers come from all over the world, bringing their authenticity, their caring, and their culture with them. Leadership is excellent, with growth, education, and culture at the forefront.
I credit much of my success in high school and college to the environment fostered at this school. Having worked there, in addition to being a former student, I can attest to how wonderful and invested the teachers are, and I have maintained relationships with many of them. I feel incredibly blessed to have been exposed to so many different world views because of the diverse staff.
I am impressed with the education my children have received at Académie Lafayette. I have sixth, third, and first grade students. When first hearing about the school, I was excited about my first having the opportunity to become fluent in French. I was hesitant about my children spending the majority of their day learning in French, but after several years and several kids I am a believer. I believe it is because of their French immersion education that my children are above grade level English readers, hard workers, and have a great grasp of math and science concept. Académie Lafayette has a diverse student population, unrivaled by any metro school, a global teaching staff, and tremendous parental involvement.