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 The 2013 Annual Fund is launching April 1st!

Our goal for the 2013-2014 school year is
to have a dedicated Instructional Assistant (IA)
in every immersion classroom.

Help us come together as a community
to raise $450,000 or $986 per student.

Read more in Principal Alvarez's Letter.

  More information on this year's campaign coming soon.
(See below for our efforts in 2012).

2012 Annual Fund

The AF Committee is thrilled to announce that our JSIS community has contributed $270,000 towards the Immersion Program next year!

Wow!  We asked and you came through.  Thank you!  How inspiring to be part of a community that believes in language immersion education and the effort it takes to grow accomplished global citizens.

  • 88% of our families gave this year!  YES...a record breaking 88%!
  • Every gift counted. Many families made their best gift and many donor families gave the suggested $543 per student!
  • Students gave from their piggy banks, grandparents & other relatives gave, future JSIS families gave, graduating 5th grade families gave!
  • Employer match programs were a huge source of funds, contributing a total of $35,384 in gifts and pledges.
Finally, thanks to all the parents who volunteered on the 2012 campaign. Please think about joining this dynamic team next year!

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is John Stanford International School’s most important fundraiser, directly supporting our school’s mission to create culturally diverse, life-long learners who will become better global citizens.  

The Annual Fund is a direct fundraising appeal to JSIS families for the sole purpose of funding Instructional Assistants (IAs) in your child’s immersion classroom. 

The Seattle Public School district does not fund language immersion Instructional Assistant positions.  JSIS relies solely upon the generosity of families to fund these critical positions.  As our school population has grown, so has the need for more IAs.  

This year our goal is to raise $250,000 to fund IAs for our language immersion classrooms in the 2012-2013 school year.  Simply put, without the Annual Fund, there are no IAs. 

Every student benefits from Instructional Assistants

The presence of IAs in every immersion classroom strengthens the academic support for your student by:

  lowering the student-to-teacher to 14:1

creating “teaching teams” that provide crucial language support to your child

  enabling one-on-one tutoring in math and world language

How much should your family give?

Only you can decide what is appropriate for your family’s gift.  Every situation is unique. As a point of reference, the annual fund goal of $250,000 averages out to $543 per student.  Every gift counts, regardless of the amount, so please take a moment now to show your family’s support.

Donations are accepted through The Alliance for Education. The Alliance for Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports Seattle Public Schools and provides fiscal administration for JSIS and our Annual Fund.  100% of the funds raised through the Annual Fund go directly to JSIS.  All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Make your gift go farther! 

Ask your employer if they match charitable donations.  Last year, JSIS received over $26,000 in matching gifts. If you work at a firm such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks or AT&T, please make the extra effort to increase your gift.  It’s free money for JSIS!


Step 1:      Fill out your confidential Annual Fund Donation Card and mail or drop off at the school.  Help us track donations and the progress towards our goal by returning a donation card, even if you donate online.

Step 2:      Make your gift:

    • By Credit Card: Credit card payments can be made online using the secure “Donate Now” link below.  The Alliance for Education is our fiscal agent and processes all credit card donations.  Even if you donate online, please take a moment to return your Annual Fund Donation Card so we can track our progress toward our $250,000 goal.  

Step 3:      Apply for your employer match.  
Have a question or need help with your company match?  Contact us at and we’ll help you make your gift go farther.


Thank you for your generous financial support!

With an investment in the Annual Fund, your family is continuing the legacy of academic excellence that JSIS is known for locally, nationally and internationally! 

Have a question about the Annual Fund?  Email us at

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