Thank you for supporting HCHSAA!
Helping HCHSAA carry out its full range of activities, including:
- Funding grant requests from the High School to help every student and every teacher every day
- Developing engagement programs for alums and students
- Expanding our career advancement outreach to recent graduates
The Alumnae/i Association’s Board of Directors is deeply troubled by the lack of diversity at Hunter and supports current student, faculty, and parent efforts to increase the number of Black, Latinx, and economically disadvantaged learners at the high school. In the pursuit of enacting change, the HCHSAA Board’s Diversity Committee is engaged in a series of initiatives. These include:
- Test prep funding and enrichment and outreach to parents and elementary schools in under-represented communities to bring them more information about Hunter’s excellent educational opportunities
- Researching best practices of admission reform at specialized high schools across the country and learning from experts in the field to develop recommendations for increasing the presence of underrepresented students in the high school
- Researching the experiences of past and present Black and Latinx students and their parents and surveying faculty to assess the reasons for discontent and develop recommendations for improving the climate and experiences of present and future students of the high school.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a financial burden on the High School, and HCHSAA has joined the PTAs of the Elementary and High Schools, who each made gifts of $150,000. We have donated an Emergency Grant of $250,000 to help the High School cope with this enormous expense. This gift has helped to alleviate the significant costs associated with ensuring safety for our high school students throughout the pandemic. During the 2020-2021 year alone, emergency expenses for the high school have totaled more than $620,000. These include:
• Tents at the Silberman School of Social Work and the East 94th Street campus
• Monitors to ensure proper social distancing between students
• Outfitting a temporary nurse’s office at the Silberman School of Social Work|
• Bioreference Covid Testing (20% of the student population tested weekly)
• A building safety consultant
• Technology needs
• Parking for High School faculty near the Silberman School of Social Work and East 94th Street campuses
• Supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
We need your gift to continue supporting urgent, unforeseen, and ongoing programs and activities for the students and faculty of Hunter College High School related to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the economically disadvantaged who are most adversely affected.
In Memory of Ula Barrack ‘73
Gifts in memory of Ula Barrack will be allocated to support Special Learning Services and Individualized Learning, a specific area of need that has been identified by the Director of Campus Schools.
The learning specialist at Hunter College High School (grades 7-12) is currently working with 78 students with academic support needs, language needs, and specialized plans such as 504 learning plans or IESPs (Individualized Education Plans). 504 Plans are part of Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the very year of Ula’s graduation. Each student’s needs are distinct and individualized. In addition to providing services to students, the learning specialist meets with parents and teachers throughout the year.
Gifts in memory of Ula Barrack will help to support the provision of these necessary special services, and will also:
- Make additional tutoring available for students
- Enhance technological support for online and remote learning
- Help offset the $15,000 annual cost to accommodate students who qualify for additional time during tests. (This requires hiring a proctor to administer the tests in the Learning Center, separately from the classroom)
- Support additional Professional Development for faculty