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YOUR SUPPORT HELPS MAKE THE
WESTMARK DIFFERENCE 
BRILLIANT FOR EACH AND EVERY STUDENT.

Our entire community is enhanced by your gifts of time, talent and resources. Together with your support, we are able to provide programs that are vital in helping each of our students find success, both in and out of the classroom.

Westmark school is widely recognized as one of the leading LD schools for grades 2-12. Our faculty and staff are experts in their areas; our small class size and ratios, combined with research-based methodologies, and a strength-based approach to learning support our students' distinct learning styles. We ask for your support of our events, annual fund, Westmark Parent Association and alumni association, among other programs.

 

OUR GOAL: $1 MILLION

The Westmark Fund is our year-long annual giving campaign, which supports a strength-based education and allows students to thrive. This year’s annual fund runs through June 30, 2020. Gifts made early in the school year provide maximum benefit to our students and overall academic programs.  

Your support makes a difference to every student, every day!

Gifts to the Westmark Fund are earmarked for the current school year's operating expenses and make up the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of running the school.  About 10% of Westmark School’s income comes from your philanthropic support.

OUR GOAL:  100% Participation + $1 M! All parents, grandparents, friends, faculty / staff, and Board of Trustees are asked to make a gift to the annual fund. Your participation makes a difference to every student, every day! Your generosity is very much appreciated. 

WESTMARK FUND

Our entire community is enhanced by your gifts of time, talent and resources. Together with your support, we are able to provide programs that are vital in helping each of our students find success.

WAYS TO GIVE

There are many ways you can contribute to Westmark School. Every gift to our school, regardless of its size, sends a strong message that we are committed to our students, their education, and the future of Westmark School.

MAKE A GIFT

Westmark Fund dollars are critical to enrich the everyday lives of our students, and impact your student every day, 

Westmark Annual Fund dollars are critical as they enable us to enrich the lives of our students and faculty, by providing financial support for a wide range of programs and initiatives. Read on, and learn how your important donation dollars support our children and ensure their success!

WESTMARK FUND DONATIONS SUPPORT: 

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ARTS

ARTS
Westmark recognizes that performing, visual and digital arts education allows our students the ability to express their creativity, develop confidence and provide an outlet for extraordinary creativity.  Funds raised will support the expansion of key art programming:

  • Expanded visual arts program and offerings
  • Music electives such as band, keyboard, music theory and music appreciation
  • Digital Arts, including photography and WNN (Westmark News Network)

ATHLETICS

ATHLETICS
Athletic programs are essential to our educational mission.  They help students challenge themselves, work as a team, and support our expanded sports programming in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Some key areas the Annual Fund supports:

  • Upgraded access to gym facilities
  • Increased number of coaches and specialized coaching expertise in each division
  • Enhanced equipment and uniforms, as well as safety training

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION
Your Westmark Annual Fund dollars directly impact our ability to create cutting-edge academic programs for our distinct learners.  Our focus is always on individualized learning. In the past year alone, we have instituted new innovative programs including a focus on social emotional learning (SEL), expanded Lower School classes with improved teacher-to-student ratios, and flexible-ability learning groups in math and reading. 

STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING, DIVERSITY & SUPPORT PROGRAMS

STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING, DIVERSITY & SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Service Learning programs offer our students an opportunity to learn more about their community and the world.  These opportunities allow students to foster understanding and acceptance of varying perspectives, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.  They also discover ways they can serve and assist others.  Students are offered opportunities to participate in diversity programs and have access to social/emotional support systems.  Some of those programs include:

  • Project Eye-to-Eye Mentoring programs
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference 
  • WestLAB

STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
A Westmark education is only as strong as the educators who bring our unique strength-based learning to life. We create differentiated learning environment for our students, and it’s where our investment yields the most rewards for student growth.  Professional development is a priority each year for our faculty and staff.  This specialized training includes at least two weeks of dedicated training during the summer and dedicated weekly in service development.  Specialized training includes:

  • Slingerland Training
  • Lindamood-Bell Training      
  • Math Links 
  • Saxon Math

Additionally, faculty and staff are now trained in social-emotional learning (SEL), which has an important impact on the classroom environment and the students.

TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY
Westmark is committed to being at the forefront of neurodiversity learning and utilizing technological innovation to enable our students to be supported in their distinct learning styles.  These 21st century skills will more efficiently and effectively prepare students for the rigors of the modern world.  Westmark Annual Fund dollars help us to continually update and upgrade our technology resources, where students in 2nd through 12th Grade engage in projects using neuro-specific educational software, graphic design software, iPads, 3-D printers, and more.

Students and faculty alike benefit from learning and teaching in innovative and engaging ways.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

TUITION ASSISTANCE
Westmark continues to experience a rise in the number of applications for tuition assistance. Currently, 25% of Westmark students receive financial assistance to attend Westmark; this allows families from a wide array of diverse socio-economic backgrounds to send their children to attend school here. Westmark continues to make it a priority to increase the amount of tuition assistance available, allowing more assistance to more families who otherwise would not be able to afford the cost of a private, specialized education.

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WAYS TO GIVE
There are many ways you can contribute to Westmark School. Every gift to our school, regardless of its size, sends a strong message that we are committed to our students, their education, and the future of Westmark School.

Matching Gifts

MATCHING GIFTS
Gift matching is a way to increase the value of your own charitable gift through your employer. If you work for a company that matches gifts, you can double or triple the value of your contribution! Contact your Human Resources Department for eligibility information and to obtain a matching gift form, and follow your employer's matching gift procedures.

LET YOUR COMPANY DOUBLE OR TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. Gifts from employees' spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match. Search to find out if your employer has a matching gift program.

Use the search box below to determine if your company will match your donation and to access forms, guidelines and instructions. 
 

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  • MAKE A GIFT!

A gift should be made in an amount that is meaningful and generous for your family! A gift —no matter the size—makes an immediate and lasting impact on the students. Your gift will be used to further develop the Westmark School community. We appreciate your support...GO LIONS.

Gifts of Cash, Check or Credit Card

GIFTS OF CASH, CHECK, OR CREDIT CARD
Westmark School is pleased to accept contributions made by cash, check or credit card. These gifts are tax deductible in the year the donation is given. Please make checks payable to Westmark School. To make a secure online donation with your credit card, please CLICK HERE. To download a donation form which you can complete and mail to the school, please CLICK HERE. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Curtis at (818) 986-5045 ext. 316, or email ecurtis@westmarkschool.org.

Stocks / Securities

STOCKS / SECURITIES
You may achieve tax savings by making your gift via stocks or other capital assets. If you donate appreciated, marketable securities that you have owned for more than one year and one day, you may receive a charitable deduction for the full market value on the date of the transfer. Neither you nor Westmark School would be required to pay capital gains tax on this type of gift. If you have securities that have decreased in value, you may be able to take a deductible loss when you sell the stocks and donate the proceeds.

GIFTS OF SECURITIES FORM

Bequests / Planned Giving

BEQUESTS / PLANNED GIVING
A bequest to Westmark School will provide vital and sustaining support for the students and the school now, and in the future. You can make this important commitment by including Westmark in your will and/or other charitable gift plans. Bequests of a specific cash amount or estate percentage are often included as a simple, practical means of providing a lasting major gift to Westmark. For information about how you can make a planned gift to Westmark School, please contact Elizabeth Curtis, Director of Advancement at ecurtis@westmarkschool.org. Westmark School recommends that you consult with a qualified estate planning attorney when drafting your will or other estate planning documents.

Make a Pledge

MAKE A PLEDGE
You may make a pledge to the Westmark Fund or other areas by contacting Elizabeth Curtis at (818) 986-5045 ext.316 or emailing ecurtis@westmarkschool.org. Pledges can be satisfied through a single contribution or in multiple installments, at a time that is convenient for you. If your gift is to the Westmark Fund, all final payments are due no later than June 30 in the school year your gift was pledged.

LET YOUR COMPANY DOUBLE OR TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. Gifts from employees' spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match. Search to find out if your employer has a matching gift program.

Use the search box under "MATCHING GIFTS" to determine if your company will match your donation and to access forms, guidelines and instructions. 


   LEVELS OF SUPPORT

     A gift should be made in an amount that is

     meaningful and generous for your family! A

     gift —no matter the size—makes an

     immediate and lasting impact on the

     students.


         BENEFACTOR ($25,000 and above)

         CHAMPION ($15,000 - $24,999)

         PATRON ($10,000 - $14,999)

         LEADERSHIP ($5,000 - $9,000)

         PARTNER ($2,500 - $4,999)

         SUPPORTER ($1,000 - $2,499)

         FRIEND (Up to $999)
       

WESTMARK FUND TEAM
 

ELIZABETH CURTIS
Director of Advancement

(818) 986-5045 ext. 316
ecurtis@westmarkschool.org

 

BRIA VERDUGO-UY
Asst. Director of Annual Giving & Constituent Relations

(818) 986-5045 ext. 302
bverdugo-uy@westmarkschool.org