Upper Mississippi Academy is participating in Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 16th. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for our newly established Annual Fund. We have already raised over $1,700 for the Annual Fund through in-person and online donations. If you give on Thursday, we have a match from a local business that will give us an additional $1,000.

Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place.

As you may know, progressive charter schools like UMA are funded entirely through per pupil spending. Even before the recent rise in inflation and other education costs, this has always left schools with a gap to fill. Fundraising is an essential tool for schools such as ours to fill those gaps.

Our UMA families know our school is a special place; you entrust us with your child’s education because we provide things that are not offered anywhere else. Our unique programs include our pathways, community days, focus on progress based learning, and diverse set of electives. We keep our class sizes small and give our excellent teaching staff the space to design and implement their own curriculums. However, these elements do have a cost.

We understand that families have various commitments, and we greatly appreciate any support you can provide. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference. UMA gratefully accepts contributions of both general and designated support; General support provides invaluable assistance where it is needed most, our operating costs.

You can support our Annual Fund by donating at https://www.givemn.org/story/Umaannualfund2324 .

Increase your impact by having your employer match your donation or setting up your own match (ex. you can offer to match up to $25).

Thank you for supporting our school – UMA Staff & Board

Upper Mississippi Academy

Upper Mississippi Academy is a public charter school providing high-quality education for students in grades 6-12 in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. Located in downtown St. Paul, UMA’s experiential, collaborative environment encourages dynamic teaching and learning through an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional instructional approach.



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