has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, an organization that invests in charter schools to raise student achievement primarily in low-income communities.
In order to receive the grant, the recipient must show a record or plan of success and have at least half of its student body qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“The Walton Family Foundation’s dedication to ensuring high quality choices among those who are less fortunate should be highly commended,” said Kathleen Stow, principal of Woodmont Charter School, in a press release. “We will use this money to help put textbooks into the hands of low-income students and will be able to hire tutors to help them on their road to success.”
Woodmont Charter School, part of Charter Schools USA, opened in the former Verizon call center on North 56th Street in August. It serves kindergarten through sixth-grades, and seventh- and eighth-grades will be added in the school’s fourth year, which will increase enrollment to 1,100 students.
Woodmont Charter School is governed by the Bay Area Charter Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, which consists of: Ken Haiko, chairman; Dennis Clark, vice chairman; Lisa Peddy, treasurer; Tom Wheeler, director; and Margaret Wells, director.