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Renovations at Scarsdale High School include the creation of a new Bander-“patch” Garden adjacent to the new Learning Commons and Design Lab.  The garden will feature walkways with pavers in a large chess-board design, recognizing donor gifts and honoring students, graduates, teachers and teams.

The Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation invites the entire community to participate in our campaign to raise $2.25 million to create a Design Lab and a Health and Fitness Center at the High School.  By buying pavers, you are funding innovation in our schools.  Please invest in our children and be a part of a community-wide effort to transform SHS and our students’ experience.

Education Foundation’s Capital Campaign
Moves into Final Phase as Construction Begins

The Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation has now paid $1,725,728 toward construction of a new Design Lab and Fitness Center at the high school. The Foundation has committed to contributing a total of $2.25 million to complete both projects – and is seeking to raise the final $100,000 to reach its goal.

Presenting the Foundation’s most recent check on June 19, Foundation President Mark Bezos thanked “the hundreds of Scarsdale families whose support made these gifts possible.” Accepting the gift, Superintendent Thomas Hagerman applauded the foundation for its “commitment to this work and the incredible energy they put behind this effort.” And Board of Education President Lee Maude noted, “we are fortunate to have the SSEF provide the necessary funding for these 21st Century facilities.” Construction on both projects began in January and goes into full swing this summer, with completion scheduled for the fall.

Reaching the finish line…
The Education Foundation continues to seek community support for its capital campaign through leadership gifts and donor recognition in five categories: Faculty Council ($10,000+), Dean’s List ($25,000+), Principal’s Circle ($50,000+), Superintendent’s Circle ($100,000+) and 1917 Society ($200,000+). Scarsdale residents interested in learning more about leadership opportunities can contact a Foundation board member or Executive Director Steve Seward (sewardstephen@gmail.com). In addition, use the link above to learn more about the Foundation’s Paver Campaign.

The Design Lab will encourage creativity and provide opportunities for enhanced learning. As part of the plan for a Learning Commons, the D-Lab will support a “design thinking” curriculum in the STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and provide a place for students to create, innovate and build prototypes with actual tools, 3D printers and other equipment.

The Fitness Center will be a modern training facility for the entire student body and support the implementation of the Physical Education Department’s expanded “Fitness for Life” curriculum. The Center will also provide training and conditioning space for athletes, including free weights, cardio machines, circuit training and additional space for warm-up and stretching.

For more information on the Design Lab, Click Here, and for the Fitness Center, Click Here.

Why the SSEF and Why Now?

Scarsdale is justifiably proud of its national reputation as a leader in public education and our schools’ long tradition of achievement and excellence. Our schools are the reason many of us have chosen to live here and we know that the quality of our school system helps maintain property values in Scarsdale.

At the same time, we recognize that meeting the high standards the community has set for its schools will increasingly require more resources than the annual budget of the District can provide. That budget is under constant pressure to cover mandated costs (salaries, benefits, facilities, transportation, etc.) while staying within the limits of the taxation system.

As with other high-performing school districts, tax dollars alone cannot sustain the quality our students deserve. We believe the Foundation can play a very positive role by funding the “extras” that support a truly outstanding school system.

The SSEF is undertaking a fundraising campaign to underwrite two components of the Master Plan for the High School. At the request of the Board of Education, we are seeking to raise a total of $2.6 million to fund the creation of a Design Lab as part of the proposed Learning Commons and to build a new and expanded Fitness Center to replace the current weight room.

We hope you will join us in creating a community-wide effort to build this campaign and provide new resources that will ensure our school system will be the very best it can be.

Learn more about…

The Design Lab


The Fitness Center


Welcome from the Executive Director

Welcome to the website of the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to increase the financial resources available to support innovative programs in our schools.

We hope you will find this website helpful in explaining our goals and objectives, operating plans, and priorities. The local residents who have organized the Foundation are committed to a collaborative effort on behalf of our schools – by educators, students, alumni, community residents, businesses and foundations. We welcome the participation of everyone in the community in this effort.

Steve Seward
Executive Director