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Support Armstrong School

Charles Armstrong School relies on the support of current and past parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends. We are an independent school and receive no government funding. The generosity of the Armstrong School community helps to ensure that each student here experiences an unparalleled education through innovative, inspiring and transformative opportunities.

Providing our students with unique methods for unique minds requires ongoing financial support. Your gifts to Armstrong School show that you believe in the program that is offered to every student.


Transforming Lives

Armstrong has a comprehensive campaign that will support the faculty; students and their families; curriculum; and improvements to the classrooms, buildings, and outdoor environments. The $9 million campaign comprises three areas: capital, which includes the Landscape for Learning program; endowment, which will expand the school’s endowed funds; and programs that have immediate impact for Armstrong’s students and faculty.


Annual Giving

Each year, we embark on a community-wide effort to support the people and programs at Armstrong School. Gifts to Annual Giving provide direct funding for programmatic needs that tuition alone does not cover. This year our goal is to raise $1.1 million in contributions from current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, friends, and foundations. Every year we strive for 100% participation  from every member of our community.


Landscape For Learning

Landscape for Learning is a $5 million capital effort dedicated to providing the right learning environments for students who learn differently, to augment their strengths and support what they can accomplish. This effort will align Armstrong’s physical environment with its classroom mission to expand the learning opportunities for students.

The physical structure of the environment can have a profound impact on students’ ability to learn. During the summer of 2011, Armstrong undertook a major indoor refurbishment based on the latest research on learning environments for students with LD that redesigned and outfitted classrooms to make them “brain-compatible” for students and faculty. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Armstrong created outdoor areas that would also nurture learning, particularly for students who struggle with in-class instruction. Improvements included:

- Outdoor spaces for instruction, gathering, and quiet reflection

- Two rain gardens to increase greenery on campus

- New outdoor decks useful for brain breaks, small-group instruction, conferences, or quiet reflection

- Outdoor art spaces for students to sketch, work with clay, or play music

During the summer of 2015 we continued our work to create outdoor settings for important parts of the educational programs in the arts, science, music, and athletics. These activities can provide opportunities to feel successful for kids who are challenged in reading and writing.

Summer of 2015 modifications included:

- Updated outdoor dinning and play areas for the lower school

- Outdoor amphitheater seating for the middle school

- Lunch area and snack shack for the middle school

During our next stage, planned for summer of 2016 we will

- Create a canopy to cover the outdoor dining/ courtyard area, with skylights to enable natural light

- Upgraded entrance to the school with additional green space.


Building Armstrong School's endowed funds is critical to the long-term financial stability of the school. A strong and growing endowment will enable the school to:

  • Attract and retain talented, engaged faculty.
  • Provide access for high-potential students with language based learning differences
    --regardless of their ability to pay--by increasing the funds available for financial aid.
  • Support special programs and activities at the school

Thank you for your support and commitment to Charles Armstrong School, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. The school's federal tax ID number is 94-1666217. Gifts made to the school are tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations for charitable donations.



Our Development & Alumni Team

Cynthia Wolfe Funai, CFRE
Director of Development
650-592-7570 x1206

Joann Mahaffey
Associate Director of Development  
650-592-7570 x1265 

Christine Cooke
Development Services and Database Manager
650-592-7570 x1240 


Ruby Ruiz
Digital Media and Publications Specialist
650-592-7570 x1273


Mailing Address
Charles Armstrong School
Attention: Development Office
1405 Solana Drive
Belmont, CA 94002-3653