The Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 (Foundation), formerly the Network for Educational Excellence in Wheaton-Warrenville (NEW 200), was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN # 36-3786044). It serves more than 1,000 educators and 13,000 students (grades K-12) and is run by parent and community volunteers.
Mission & Vision
Engage the community to support educational excellence that empowers students to reach their greatest potential.
The Importance of Education Foundations
Education foundations developed in the early 1990’s as an opportunity for community members to come together and support their schools in response to a decrease in state funding and capped local tax revenues.
The need for foundation support has increased in recent years as schools transition towards 21st century teaching methods where the need for innovative programs and the classroom technology to support them is growing at an exponential rate.
District 200 has maintained a high quality of education despite dwindling State funding and capped local tax revenue. The Foundation is working to expand educational opportunities for our students and helping transition classrooms to incorporate 21st century teaching methods.
The Student Excellence Foundation and Neighboring Education Foundations
The districts below are considered benchmark districts for Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200. All of these students are already receiving a high quality education from their district but they also have education foundations working to provide enhanced educational opportunities for their students.
In 2015, these foundations raised over $1.5 million to fund initiatives that otherwise would not have been supported by tax revenues.
The Student Excellence Foundation and the Future
This is an exciting time for the Foundation. With the help of our generous donors, $64,000 was awarded to District 200 teachers and students during the 2015-2016 school year; this is 3x more than last year!
The Foundation is working to stay competitive with area foundations. Our goal is to increase contributions to teachers and students in District 200 each year until we reach $250,000+ a year ($19.12 x 13,112 students). As we grow, we will roll out additional programs to ensure that our students have access to the same enhanced learning opportunities as the students in our neighboring districts