Vision Statement Make Corona del Mar Middle and High School “the best” secondary school in the nation by having outstanding academic and counseling programs as well as premier athletic, arts and extracurricular activities.
Enhance the educational standards and reputation of Corona del Mar Middle School and High School to create a national model of excellence in academic achievement. We are a community that believes in the importance of strong and vital schools. The Foundation provides funds that bridge the gap between the increasing cost of education and the insufficient funds from state and local government. The foundation annually funds supplemental staff, technology, infrastructure improvements, college preparatory advisement, and academic counseling services. The Foundation strives to promote the educational advancement and success of our students, helping to best prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.
History & Purpose
The CDM Foundation is dedicated to making Corona del Mar Middle and High Schools “the best” secondary school in the nation by having outstanding academic and college counseling programs as well as premier athletic, arts and extracurricular activities. The CDM Foundation, founded over 18 years ago, has raised over $11 million and focuses on providing enhanced academic and counseling resources and critical capital improvement needs over a multi-year planning horizon for both the middle and high schools. Given the impact of the economy on the school district funding for the 2015-2016 school year, The CDM Foundation will be focusing its efforts to fund large capital improvement projects such as the Library renovation as well as continuing to support the college counseling program, academic, arts and athletic needs of both the middle and high school. The CDM Foundation’s most recent projects include the funding of the new Enclave Tech Room, the renovation of the lacrosse and soccer game field, the Attendance Office renovation, the Nurse’s Office renovation and renovation of the quad, gym and gym foyer/trophy case. This year The CDM Foundation’s goal is to raise $850,000 in order to fund the Library Renovation, and to continue funding our technology initiatives and our college counseling program as well as academic and music programs. Our secondary goal is to increase the participation rate to 50% for CDM families contributing to the Foundation. The CDM Foundation benefits ALL CDM STUDENTS and the Foundation needs the support of ALL families. In order to reach this goal any donation is welcome but as a guideline, please help the CDM Foundation by: donating $750 per child, per year and by making a multi-year pledge.
CDM High School Recognition Awards
National Excellence in Education – 1986
California Distinguished School – 1988, 1996, 2007
National Blue Ribbon School – 1998
California Distinguished Schools Program Honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.
In California, there currently exists an “achievement gap” among student subgroups that threatens their future and the future of California. Access to high-quality educational experiences should be the right of every student in California and it is the responsibility of the schools, districts, county offices of education, and the California Department of Education (CDE) to work together toward that end. The CDE has made closing the achievement gap a top priority and strongly believes that making schools work for all students, regardless of their background, condition, or circumstances, is an imperative for a strong education system and a strong California. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.
Schools selected for recognition are honored as Distinguished Schools at regional award ceremonies where the State Superintendent of Public Instruction presents each school with a Distinguished School plaque and flag. The events and awards are funded by donations from many of California’s most prominent corporations and statewide educational organizations.
Board of Directors
Ellie Campbell, Chairman
Art Wardwell, Treasurer
Amber Snider, Secretary
Andrea Fine, Honorary
Kelly Neiger, Honorary
*Wendy Marine, Honorary
Frequently Asked Questions
The CdM Foundation is dedicated to making an already outstanding school in terms of academics, extracurricular activities, and cultural interests, preeminent among the very best secondary schools in the nation. Our goal is to create a school that is a nationwide model of excellence and an example of what can happen when a dedicated educational staff joins with an involved and supportive community to make their students’ education needs the top priority. For specific questions about the Foundation’s goals please contact Tim Britt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
State funding does not cover the cost to operate and maintain Corona del Mar High School and Middle School at the level our parents expect
California ranks dead last in class size
California has the highest average college counselor case load in the nation
California and the District do not have funds for new technology, projects, equipment or personnel that enrich academic and extracurricular programs
There are insufficient government funds to maintain the campus
As college entrance requirements rise, so do the expectations of our parents
Government funding falls dismally short of these growing expectations
The CdM Foundation’s Annual Campaign has become a necessity, not an option. As parents, we simply cannot let our children be shorted the 21st century skills and resources necessary for academic, extracurricular, cultural and social success.
A majority of the Foundation’s expenditures fund salaries that are under multiple year commitments and contracts. (guidance counselor, guidance technician, community service coordinator, computer technician, etc.) Parents’ multi-year pledges permit us to better match our resources to fulfill these multi-year needs. We ask all parents to contribute via a multi-year pledge to support their children’s on-going educational needs. If you pledge a multi-year commitment when your student starts as a 7th grader, we ask you to give for only 4 years, not the 6 years your child will be in school. First, we view your commitment as a tremendous gift to the school, and we thank you, in part, by not asking for a contribution in your child’s final year. Most funds raised go for programs that become implemented the following academic year after your child will have graduated. We want you to view your contributions as having an immediate and direct impact on your child’s education.
Yes! Our fall fundraising campaign typically accounts for 80-100% of our total annual fundraising dollar. Last year, almost all of the funds we raised came from our Annual Fundraising Campaign. In the odd-numbered years Neptune’s Ball, our dinner auction, raises additional funds.
For every family who doesn’t give we lose critical resources that could have been invested in valuable programs, personnel and technology. Because your child will benefit directly, we urge you to make this your top personal philanthropic priority for the year. There are very few tax-deductible donations that directly benefit our own children and by participating (at any level of contribution you can afford), you help send a positive message to the entire community, as well as to our own children, that educating our children is the most important investment we can make. Please be a bit selfish with your charitable donation budget for the next few years and give to the Foundation for the benefit of your children.
The following areas have been funded by the CdM Foundation and specifically benefit 7th and 8th grade students:
Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Music teaching assistants and clinics
Staff Development and Technology Training
Counseling Office personnel, including a Guidance Technician to assist Guidance Counselors so Counselors have more time to counsel
7th Grade Mentor Program TGIF (Organized Through our Community Service Coordinator)
Outfitted Dry Science Labs and provided Earth Science equipment
Mac, PC, tablets & Tech Labs and Onsite Computer Technician
Work Stations for Every Teacher
Gymnasium (the foundation renovated the small gym frequented for use by CdM middle school and continues to resurface all the gyms)
Track and gymnasium improvements
Middle school exploratory technology class
As we move forward with the Technology Plan, there will be additional benefits for middle school students, including a pilot tablet program, internet cafes, and a state-of-the-art resource center. Middle school students eventually become high school students and for the high school to continue to be one of the best schools in the country programs support must be consistent.
Please do not withhold your contribution to the Foundation’s fundraising campaigns to “punish” the school. Your children will lose the benefits of the Foundation projects and personnel that cannot be paid for and, ultimately, no policies will be changed. You can make a difference in the school’s policies and actions by participating in the PTA, Boosters and Foundation and by voicing your concerns with the appropriate party or through the principals, Mrs. Kathy Scott, CdM High School Principal, or Becky Gogel, CdM Middle School Principal. They both have open-door policies and are eager to hear from all parents on any issue. You also can make a significant positive difference by contributing to our annual giving and technology campaigns.
Yes! We welcome and value both contributions of time and money. If you are fortunate enough to be able to devote time to our school, then you value and understand the school’s educational needs and the importance of raising additional funds for our school. We thank you in advance for both your generous contributions.
No. For the Foundation Annual Fundraising campaign, we prefer a multi-year pledge that, in effect, can be made in installments. Or, if you prefer, you can even make quarterly installments. We accept Visa, Mastercard & AMEX so you don’t miss out on travel awards etc.
How the 3 Fundraising 501(c)(3) Organizations work together to support the CDM students and improve and enhance the quality of CDM in the area of academics, arts, music, athletics, technology, college preparation and capital improvements. All 3 organizations collaborate with the school administration and each other to meet the needs of the school. A universal request form is submitted to administration for consideration. One or more of the organizations are then identified to address the specific request/need presented and then managed accordingly.
The Foundation strives to raise significant capital (between $600,000 – $ 900,000 per year) to help bridge the gap between the increasing cost of education and the insufficient funds from state and local government. The foundation annually funds supplemental staff, academic needs, technology, infrastructure improvements, college preparatory advisement, and counseling services. The Foundation has invested significant capital into improving the infrastructure of the school to provide an updated environment conducive for learning. The CDM foundation has funded major technology upgrades to support multimedia instruction. Improvements have included the installation LCD projectors; speakers, smart boards and document cameras in each classroom, as well at an electronic tablet program in the 7th grade. Other infrastructure improvements such as renovating the Quad, athletic fields and most recently the significant renovations of both the Big and Small Gyms were all able to be done due to the generous donations made to the CDM Foundation. The Foundation provides significant academic support; funds 5 FTE positions and several areas within the counseling department. They have created the college planning guide, and have collaborated with both PTA and Boosters to create the new Student Resource Center (SRC). The goal of the Foundation is to provide not only a physical environment that is conducive to education, but the additional support needed to enrich the academic and counseling programs.
CDM Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
The PTA welcomes the membership and participation of all CDM parents and students. It holds monthly meetings featuring reports by both High School and Middle School principals as well as a monthly speaker who addresses a specific topic of interest. The PTA’s only fundraiser is a Fall Home Tour which raises about $150,000 a year. With this money, the PTA organizes and funds programs to enhance the day to day life of CDM students and teachers. PTA currently provides funding for the Naviance counseling software, library programs, teacher training and enrichment, the Middle School Holiday Program for the Veteran’s Hospital, Sea King Pride awards, High School Academic Letter and Middle School Awards and senior scholarships awarded at graduation. The PTA also provides the 400+ volunteers to help ensure the success of the various middle and high school events and programs throughout the school year.
CDM School Booster Club
The School Boosters support Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics (4 A’s). The School Boosters typically raise between $65,000 to $80,000 per year through parent donations.. The percentage of funds distributed to each of the 4A’s varies from year to year depending on requests submitted to the board and the amount of designated funds. All of the approved funding requests are intended to respond to the immediate needs of the teachers and staff allowing them to achieve the goals of their curriculum and focus on the students. The typical items funded by School Boosters include everything from basic items such as white boards, iPads, microscopes, art desks, dance/drama rehearsal mirrors, and sports equipment to special assemblies, field trips, and teacher training. The School Boosters is in direct communication, with the CDM Administration, The CDM Foundation and PTA so that all the needs of the school are addressed in a timely and responsible fashion.
The portion of your Mello Roos taxes allocated for schools is used to provide physical facilities and equipment of a capital nature. These funds represent one-time resources to add school facilities in order to help offset the impact of the additional student population coming from your specific new development. For example, the majority of Newport Coast Mello Roos funds allocated to schools (as opposed to those funds allocated to fire stations, libraries, roads, etc.) supported elementary education with the construction of Newport Coast Elementary School and the re-opening of Eastbluff Elementary School because Lincoln Elementary School alone could not handle the new population of students. CdMHS received a very small portion of those funds ( less than $1 million) for capital improvements as well at that time. The final portion of Mello Roos were used to add additional parking spaces in the pool parking lot and replace the three tennis courts that were removed to accommodate the parking area. This work was completed in Fall 2010. Mello Roos does not support or pay for improving the academic or extracurricular enrichment programs of a school.