Public schools are publicly funded, right? So why do we need a foundation for our public schools? Where does our funding come from and where does it go? Watch this 2-minute video to learn!
Bainbridge Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that exists to bridge the substantial education funding gap that exists despite government funding and PTO support.
BSF works in close partnership with the Bainbridge Island School District to ensure its funding reaches 100% of BISD students, kindergarten through 12th grade. Our outstanding public schools consistently rank among the top in the state despite receiving significantly less funding per pupil than Mercer Island, Seattle, North Kitsap, and Bremerton. BSF bridges this gap at the elementary, middle, and high school levels district wide.
We need your help now more than ever to maintain the integrity of Bainbridge public schools. Our district spends $24,000 per student to provide every child with a high-quality education on Bainbridge Island. But state and federal education funding only covers 60% of the cost. We make up the rest through the generosity of our incredible community via local levies, bonds and your donations through BSF.
This year, our district’s shortfall has never been greater, so we’re focused on funding the critical programs and educators that make our island’s public schools exceptional. Will you join us?
Click here to see how your donations were distributed for the 2022/2023 school year.
BSF works in close partnership with the school district, and other local organizations to maximize impact.
BSF is the catalyst for innovative and cutting-edge programs in our schools. One of our most successful programs is STEM Lab, serving every K-4th grader.
Support Struggling Students
By providing struggling students with targeted support, we ensure they have the skills they need to reach their full potential.
Train & Support Teachers
Students learn more from great teachers. BSF provides funds to ensure our teachers can access professional development opportunities and trainings.