Buist Academy has a proud history of educational excellence. This year promises to be a rewarding one as we build on our past success and embark on a new journey of growth and possibility.
The Buist Academy Foundation’s mission is to advance and strengthen the educational experience for students and the greater Buist community. It’s a volunteer-driven, non-profit 501(c)(3) created to serve and support the children, educators, and families of Buist Academy.
The Foundation seeks to organize and utilize the time, treasure and talent of our families to help make Buist the best school it can be for our children. We hope you will join us and be a part of our efforts to achieve excellence.
Please see our Volunteer Page for opportunities to help with programming throughout the school year. Click here for our Buist Volunteer Form.
Each year the Foundation raises $100K to support our students, teachers, and administration, and we work closely with our principal, Mrs. White, to determine what those needs are. This typically translates to funding elements of education that the district and the state are unable to provide. We focus our efforts on four primary areas: Academic Enrichment, Student Life & Community, Teacher Support, and Facilities.
Funding highlights from last year include:
- Academic Enrichment: $29,400
- AR Program
- Online learning programs: NewsELA, Discovery Education, IXL
- STEM Lab
- Music Program (the Foundation will also fund the Art Program 2019.2020)
- Guidance Program
- Literacy Program
- IB Program
- Head phones for classroom and testing use
- Teacher & Staff Support: $28,000
- Teacher Appreciation Week
- Monthly Teacher/Staff Awards
- Teacher Supplies
- Nursing Support
- Professional Development
- Teacher Stipends for after-school activities
- Hospitality- Holiday gift baskets, etc.
- Student Life & Community: $14,700
- House Funds
- Student Awards
- School Events/Programs: Special Persons Day, Commencement, World Cultures Day
- Screenagers Program
- My School Everywhere Directory
- Facilities: $10,700
- Flexible Seating for grades K-4
- Blackout shades for the gym and all classroom doors
- New locks for upper school lockers
We are also thrilled to announce that the Foundation will be helping to support the launch of a new after-school program this year to assist with student academic needs. This is a very exciting initiative we look forward to sharing details in soon.
The Foundation also plays a critical role in organizing and managing parent volunteer led programming and events throughout the year. All programs have co-chairs who work with a committee to organize and implement the program/event.
Program Descriptions include:
- Open House is on September 12th and provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to enjoy an evening at school, engaging in teacher presentations in the classroom and offering a time for conversation about the upcoming year.
- Special Persons Day (K-2nd grade- October 4th; 3rd-4th grade- October 11th; 5th– 8th grade- Mid-April-TBA) gives students the opportunity to bring friends, grandparents or others to the school for the morning to showcase their work and experiences. Friends enjoy meeting teachers and sharing refreshments with their students.
- Royal Fun Run is in mid-February. For the second year, the Buist Foundation will host its very own, in-house Fun Run to raise money for the school. Students will encourage family and friends to sponsor their run and will engage in “friendly competition” for awards. The event lasts 2 weeks and begins with a school wide prep rally and culminates with a super fun Royal Run at Gadsden Fields by the SC Aquarium.
- Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th and is all about celebrating our fantastic teachers! Volunteers provide food and gift baskets throughout the week to thank our teachers for all of their hard work and dedication.
- Graduation is on June 4th and celebrates our 8th graders as we send them off into the world of high school. There is a special ceremony with awards, speakers and a reception for families afterwards.
- Quarterly Coffee Hours will be held on September 27th, December 6th and April 17th at 8 AM. This is an opportunity for Mrs. White and teachers to share more about the IB program or other school related topics, and it’s also a great way for families to get to know one another.