- Project Update -- May 23, 2022
- Why Support the Campaign
- The Project
- Naming Opportunities
- AMSA Highlights
- AMSA Mission and Core Values
- AMSA Questions & Answers
Springtime is my favorite time of year. With new leaves on the trees and colorful flowers popping up everywhere, spring represents fresh starts, opportunities for new growth, and above all, hope. Spring at AMSA also provides us with a time to reflect on the progress we have made this year and to celebrate our students’ accomplishments. We look forward to our upcoming events, spring sports, as well as honoring the accomplishments of our graduating seniors, the Class of 2022. It is always a joyful time!
This year I am particularly grateful and uplifted by the progress we have made toward our vision of creating a 21st century campus for our students and staff. The improvements we are planning will enhance our campus and academic environment for our current and all future AMSA students.
In March 2018, AMSA purchased the 165 Forest Street building and on October 20, 2021, we purchased the 201 and 199 Forest Street buildings along with the surrounding nine acres of land. This most recent purchase secures our Forest Street campus as AMSA’s forever home!
AMSA’s Board of Trustees has committed to spend nearly $30 million on campus improvements for Phase 1 of our project, including: the purchase of 199 and 201 Forest Street, a new academic building, additional parking, and a new campus entrance and traffic circulation pattern. Funding will come from a combination of school equity ($4M) and a tax-exempt bond issued by Silicon Valley Bank (formally Boston Private) guaranteed through MassDevelopment ($24M), and fundraising ($2M).
We expect Phase 1 construction to begin during the summer 2023 and conclude in 2024. At the conclusion of Phase 1, we will begin planning for Phase 2 which will include the addition of an athletic/multi-purpose facility connected to the new academic building. I, along with the Board of Trustees and Facilities Task Force, will continue to oversee the building project. The Development and Capital Campaign Committees will manage our fundraising efforts.
This fall we will organize several events where we will present updated construction plans. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more. Additional information about the project and the Capital Campaign can be found on our website: AMSA Capital Campaign
I am thrilled to share this important news about AMSA’s future campus. This is the beginning of a new adventure and future for our campus that our school community will enjoy for years to come. Thank you for your interest. I look forward to keeping you updated as the plans are finalized.
The Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School is a public middle and high school dedicated to inspiring students to become future leaders who will make a difference in emerging industries and companies.
We provide a tuition-free, college-preparatory education for students from a wide range of backgrounds. AMSA’s rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, with an emphasis on Math, Science, and Technology, prepares students for success in today's cutting-edge fields.
Our graduates excel in top university programs and are becoming the scientists, engineers, programmers, strategists,and visionaries of tomorrow.
For 16 years, we have strived to fulfill our mission, which is to create an atmosphere of celebration of knowledge where children of all backgrounds and abilities can excel.
But we can't do it alone.
We need your support to put the most current 21st century science and technology into our students’ hands in earlier grades.
Your contribution is essential to our success and will go directly to improving equity in access to science and technology for our diverse student population.
Be a part of educating the workforce of tomorrow. Help us provide our students with the educational resources they need to succeed.
By supporting our mission, you will be helping to empower the next generation of leaders.
Our goal is to raise $2 million in this campaign.
AMSA's owns its campus at 165, 199, and 201 Forest Street in Marlborough,Massachusetts. The school is undertaking these major improvements to the buildings and grounds as funding is secured:.
Build New Academic Building
Construct a new building to expand classroom space, allowing more flexible scheduling and improved learning opportunities with state-of-the-art classroom technology. This phase will include grading for a future multi-purpose gym/events facility to be built adjacent to the academic building.
Expand Access to Science and Technology
Put more 21st century science and technology into our students’ hands in earlier grades. Specific improvements:
- Increase science research space
- Modernize classroom technology
- Expand chemistry, biology, and physics labs
- Acquire new robotics and engineering equipment
- Upgrade computer science technology
- Add new benches and tables to labs
- Improve safety features in all rooms and buildings
Improve Traffic Circulation and Safety on Campus
Add parking and reconfigure roadway to reduce congestion, eliminate back-up on Forest Street, and improve safety, particularly during student drop-off and pick-up. Enhance campus feel with more green space.
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Naming Rights - New Academic Building
Science Laboratories (5)
Entry Drive Signage (2)
New Front Office Reception Area
Picnic Tables (5)
Dedicated Trees (New Landscape)
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- #2 public high school in Massachusetts and #39 charter school in nation (U.S. News & World Report 2021).
- Recognized as a Best High School by U.S. News & World Report annually since 2017.
- #1 public middle school, #1 charter middle school, and #1 charter high school in Massachusetts (Niche 2022).
- 1 National Merit Semi-Finalist and 10 Commended Students in Class of 2022.
- 17 Advanced Placement and 5 Accelerated courses offered.
- 113 AP Scholars in 2021.
- 504 AP exams taken in 2020-2021, with 88% scoring 3, 4, or 5.
- 86% of the Class of 2021 took at least one AP course.
- Math Team Championships:
- 2016-2017: New England Assoc. of Math Leagues - Small School Div.
- 2016-2019: Mass. Assoc. of Math Leagues - Small School Div.
- 2015-2018: Worcester County Math League – Varsity Div. Class A
- 2012-2018: Worcester County Math League – Freshman Division
- Science Research program offers graduate school level research in Molecular Biology, Geochemistry, Ecology, Biochemistry, Astronomy,and Engineering.
- Scanning Electron Microscope (donated by Thermo Fisher Scientific) gives AMSA students unrivaled learning and research opportunities normally only found in college labs.
AMSA will create an atmosphere of celebration of knowledge where children of all backgrounds and abilities excel in all subjects, especially in math, science and technology, empowering them to succeed in the workplace in our modern high-tech world.
AMSA Core Values
- MODEL INTEGRITY: At AMSA, we model integrity by being truthful in our work and caring in our relationships with people.
- PURSUE YOUR EXCELLENCE: At AMSA, we pursue excellence by embracing the joy of learning,by being curious, by working hard, by persevering in the face of obstacles, by embracing creativity and innovation, and by constantly striving to improve. At AMSA, we reach for the stars!
- FOSTER COMMUNITY: At AMSA, we foster community by being good citizens -- by helping others, by appreciating and celebrating diversity, and by collaborating kindly and supportively.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools in Massachusetts are free public schools that are open to all students within the state. Admission is determined by random lottery; there are no entrance exams or admissions requirements. Charter public schools are managed by a public board of trustees and follow the same open-meeting laws and rules as district public schools.
What buildings comprise the AMSA campus and who owns them?
The Advanced Math & Science Academy owns its campus, which includes 165, 199, and 201 Forest Street,
Marlborough, MA 01752. The campus includes three buildings located on twelve (12) acres:
- 165 Forest Street: 4-floor building (48,753 sq. ft) built in 1982, which is owned by AMSA. Currently, AMSA is leasing the 1st floor to SMOC and occupies the 2nd floor. The top two floors are vacant.
- 199 Forest Street: Traditional office building (40,350 sq. ft) built in 1998. AMSA occupies and owns the entire building (3 floors).
- 201 Forest Street: Office building (40,390 sq. ft), built in 1980. AMSA occupies and owns the entire building (3 floors).
How is AMSA funded? Why are donations being sought for the project?
Charter schools are public schools that operate outside of city/town public school districts’ annual budgets. They receive state funding per student, but unlike school districts, must pay for their own buildings and improvements. Charter schools do not have access to Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) funds such as other Massachusetts public schools and therefore we are dependent on private bank funding and fundraising.
How will campus renovations be funded?
AMSA is fortunate to have some equity and to have received a bond to pay for most costs associated with purchasing, renovating, and improving our campus buildings. However, the funds we can access will not cover the total expected cost of the needed improvements. We are seeking support from grants, corporate contributions and from parents, families, and friends to help provide for the full cost.
What is the total project budget?
AMSA is investing in the future of our students by seeking to dramatically improve our campus and our students' academic experience. This is a transformational moment in our history, and we want to ensure we have sufficient funds to do all of the needed work.
This is a major facilities upgrade. Funded by savings and loans, we purchased our campus buildings and are making much-needed additions and improvements to classrooms and infrastructure.
The purchase of our campus buildings and needed improvements are expected to cost $30M. AMSA is funding acquisition and improvements through a combination of school equity ($4M), a tax-exempt bond issued by Boston Private and guaranteed through MassDevelopment ($24M) and philanthropy ($2M).
Are charitable contributions made to the capital campaign tax deductible?
Donations can be made to the STEM Soaring Eagles Foundation, Inc. The STEM Soaring Eagles Foundation is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization that was set up to support the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School through fundraising. Donations made to the STEM Soaring Eagles Foundation may be tax deductible and will be used to support AMSA. EIN# 46-2457561
How do I donate? How can I make my gift or pledge?
We can accept your gift in the form of a check, credit card, or other options for longterm giving opportunities. Please make checks payable to The STEM Soaring Eagles, Inc. and mail to AMSA Charter School, 201 Forest Street,Marlborough, MA 01752. You can also donate online.
Can I give to the Capital Campaign in my company’s name?
We are flexible. Donors have choices on how to give as a company or from personal income, or to be creative and combine gifts with personal and company funds.
Will donations be restricted? How do I make sure my donation will go to the Capital Campaign?
All donations made to the school during the Capital Campaign will go to the campus construction project unless specifically directed to another program.
Who makes the decisions? Who has the oversight?
The AMSA Board of Trustees in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of The STEM Soaring Eagles Foundation, Inc. have oversight of the Capital Campaign. For the duration of the campaign, the overall fiduciary and operational responsibilities sit with the members of the AMSA Board. This group provides the ongoing leadership needed to ensure transparency and integrity over the life of the campaign’s key priority areas. The Board will ensure that the funds raised are managed effectively in accordance with IRS rules and capital campaign purposes including any donor-directed restrictions. The Development Committee acts in a planning capacity to move the campaign plan and strategy forward. The Executive Director and members of the AMSA Board and STEM Soaring Eagles Board are on the Development Committee so there is coordination and overlap of the three organizations and their respective missions.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact Ellen Linzey, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Once I make my campaign gift, how else can I help?
Spread the word! In order for our Capital Campaign to be successful, we need help connecting with potential donors.
Will donors (and donation amounts) be publicly acknowledged?
Unless requested to be anonymous, all donations to the campaign will be acknowledged both in campaign recognition materials (print and digital) and in a form of signage (to be determined) in a central location on the renovated campus (to be determined).
If I cannot make a campaign gift or pledge now, can I still give something at a future date?
Our overall success is connected to our fundraising progress over the next 18-20 months. We realize circumstances change and contributions to the campaign are welcome now and in the future.
Does AMSA receive matching gifts?
Absolutely! Matching gifts are the perfect way to increase your gift! Many business owners and/or professionals are employed by companies who may offer this charitable benefit option. It is also worth exploring if your spouse or partner has a corporate matching program.
Your contribution will go directly to improving equity in access to science and technology for our diverse student population.