San Dieguito Academy Foundation

Enriching the Student Experience

aka SDA Foundation, SDAF   |   Encinitas, CA   |  http://www.sdafoundation.com

Mission

The mission of the San Dieguito Academy Foundation is collaborating to enrich every student's SDA experience.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Leslie Kulchin Saldana

Main address

P.O. Box 235109

Encinitas, CA 92023-5109 USA

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EIN

33-0629427

NTEE code info

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SDA Foundation supports quality programs and innovative classroom practices. Our mission is collaborating to enrich every student's SDA experience.

The Foundation provides essential funding to support the ever increasing costs of quality education. The funding picture for schools has changed dramatically over the past few years. The needs of our school have far outpaced available funding from the district and state. Today educational foundations all over California are filling the gap between limited public funds and the dollars needed to support educational goals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CAMPUS PRIDE & CAMPUS CULTURE

The Foundation will support the general school pride and culture which separates SDA from other high schools. When projects and ideas that support and enhance school pride and SDA's unique culture come to mind, the Foundation will be the driving force behind ensuring that SDA maintains itself as "the School of Choice" for students in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Foundation will support Career Technical Education and SDA's Career Pathways goal by creating and enhancing student programs that give students access to varied interest-based and career-specific programs and classes. This funding enhances SDA's history of student-driven curriculum while expanding technical and career pathways.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Foundation will support the academic achievement of SDA students by funding activities such as the Writing Lab which helps students refine and improve their writing skills by providing assistance with research papers, college essays, class writing assignments, grammar exercises, and scholarship essays. In addition, the Foundation funds extended Media Center hours and course specific tutoring so all students have access to SDA staff for academic support.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Foundation will help expand/upgrade the school's classroom technology, thus providing students with equipment and tools, as well as integrating emerging technologies in the SDA learning environment.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our aim is an enriched educational experience for every student. We do this through donations and various fund-raising efforts throughout the school year. It is our belief that every student benefits from the united efforts of parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members working together to promote educational excellence.

In the 2015-16 academic year, SDA Foundation (SDAF) reviewed and revised its strategic direction. As a part of this effort, we met with SDA's principal, held discussion groups with SDA staff and emailed all of our SDA parents to invite them to participate in a survey.

The result of these efforts helped to define SDAF's strategic direction over the next several academic years. This direction has already been used to help guide how SDAF operates, where it focuses its efforts and where it applies resources.

Through our Shared Vision, the SDA Foundation strives to provide opportunities for all students at SDA to learn and grow. We are committed to providing tutoring and educational support, maintaining academic rigor and interest-based curriculum, and fostering the culture of acceptance at SDA. Our Shared Vision for an Enriched Educational Experience details the priority programs for the current school year.

Through the generosity of our parents and our community, the SDA Foundation has been able to support our students in these exciting ways: WRITING LAB – The Foundation funds an on-campus tutoring program offered during the school day that provides personalized feedback and assistance with any writing assignments including personal essays, class projects and general writing skills.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION AND CURRICULUM SUPPORT – The Foundation supports the academic achievement of students by funding activities such as tutoring, academic support, and/or purchasing specific items that expand and enrich opportunities in core and elective classes.
TECHNOLOGY AND INSTRUCTIONAL SOFTWARE – With help expanding/upgrading the school's classroom technology, the Foundation helps to provide students with equipment and tools, as well as integrating emerging technologies in the school's learning environment.
SCHOLARSHIPS – Annual scholarships for graduating seniors to help with books, tuition and supplies.
CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES – Consumables for Photography, Auto, Woodshop, Science Labs.
GRAD NITE — A safe and sober graduation night event for seniors.
CAREER PATHWAYS — The Foundation supports Career Technical Education and Career Pathways goals by creating and enhancing student programs that give students access to varied interest-based college and career specific programs and classes in Performing Arts, Engineering and Robotics, Culinary Arts, Bio-Tech, Auto Tech and Video and Film.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently made significant updates to our website and social media presence in response to parent feedback and available technology enhancements. This has allowed us to connect more effectively with our community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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San Dieguito Academy Foundation

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Corcoran

Adam Camacho

San Dieguito HS Academy

Leslie Saldana

San Dieguito Academy Foundation

Chandra Perry

Dana Cuffari

Jennie Casazza

John Corcoran

Kathy Urbanic

Kevin Baum

Serena Milne

Veronika Clough

Jolene Alldredge

Holly Butte

Sara Devoto

Lisa McLeod

Derrick Oien

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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