2016 Annual Fund

Annual Fund Letter:

October 17, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you! Your generous support of Academe of the Oaks makes possible the many sweet
and exciting successes of our Waldorf high school. In the last year, we have
expanded our instructional space with the addition of two humanities classrooms
and a dedicated art studio. We have earned Green School certification and the
Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation for our commitment to
the environment and environmental education. And we have had wonderful news from
many of our alumni! Consistent with the diversity of our community and our
curriculum, Academe graduates define success in many ways—

Emily Friedman, ’12, attended McGill University in Montreal, where she studied art
history and English literature. She reflects on the advantages of an Academe education:
“Academe fosters a rare intellectual curiosity. …[T]he interdisciplinary curriculum
(pivoting fluidly between organic chemistry, transcendentalism, and projective geometry)
provided an invaluable academic experience.” Emily is now pursuing her doctorate in art history at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating on the art of the Northern Renaissance.

Matthew Alston, ’13, gives “a lot of the credit” to Academe of the Oaks: “I’m a
computer science major, but besides one computer science elective in my senior
year at Academe I never even really considered going into technology. But that
didn’t matter, because what I took away from Academe were those core qualities
that were going to make me successful in anything I pursued: creativity,
intellectual curiosity, and the ability to think critically.” Since graduation
from Academe, Matthew has studied Computer Science at Duke University and at
Queen Mary University of London; he now holds certificates in Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (Technology) and in Community and Culture.

We are, we think, justifiably proud of our graduates, as we are of our current
students, who continue to explore their gifts across the disciplines, to give
of themselves in community service, and to find in our community strengths and
skills that will serve them in the world beyond Academe.

At this season, we invite you to continue your support of the extraordinary
undertaking that is Waldorf education at Academe by joining the 2016 Annual Fund
Drive, the most important fundraiser of our school year. Your contribution
secures Academe’s continued growth and success, supporting our programs,
faculty, and physical plant. Please pledge today. Thank you, again, for your support of Academe of the Oaks.

As ever,

Eva Handschin
School Director

P.S.
Please also keep in mind that many companies match their employees’ gifts to non-profit
organizations. Such matching gifts can augment significantly the success of our
Annual Fund Drive.  Academe of the Oaks is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your
contributions are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 30-0129704.

The Annual Fund campaign runs through December 31, 2016. Text Box: “While I was at Academe I had a very different idea of what I wanted to study in college or do with my life than I do now… But that didn’t matter, because what I took away from Academe were those core qualities that were going to make me successful in anything I pursued: creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to think critically. In a rapidly changing world, these are the skills that I believe will never stop serving me, and I owe a lot of the credit to Academe.” -Matthew Alston, ’13 Text Box: Matthew Alston studied Computer Science at Duke University and at Queen Mary University of London; he holds certificates in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Technology) and in Community and Culture.

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Academe of the Oaks
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