Birmingham Education Foundation


Mission & Funding

MissionThe Birmingham Education Foundation raises private funds from our community to ensure academic excellence and innovation in the Birmingham Public School District.
The BEF provides grants in four identified curriculum areas:
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  • Academics – The BEF supports academic programs that help our students reach their full potential at all achievement levels.
  • Arts – The BEF supports programs that encourage each student to explore his or her unique creative vision.
  • Athletics – The BEF supports programs that improve fitness levels for every student and promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Technology – The BEF makes investments in new technology that impacts the classroom and supports 21st Century learning for all of our students.
Funding FactsEvery fiscal school year since 2001-2002, the BPS district has faced a budget deficit. Cumulative cuts in the district’s operating budget now total over $22 million. As a result of Proposal A, Oakland County contributes over $659 million more in school tax dollars than our schools receive back from the state according to the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education. This means over 33 percent of Oakland County tax dollars are donated to support districts outside our county. The declining Michigan economy and rising health care and pension costs have combined to create a financial crisis for our schools.
Despite this fiscal reality, in 2007 our community was ranked among the Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School by Relocate America. In addition to acknowledging BPS as a top performing district, Relocate America also praised the high value community members place on “preparing children for higher learning.” The district’s two high schools also were named Silver Medal winners in U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools. Seaholm and Groves were two of only 1,591schools that were selected from 18,790 public schools nationwide by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research division of Standard & Poor’s.
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Parents and property owners in the BPS district understand the powerful link between exceptional schools and a strong, thriving community attractive to both businesses and residents. By raising private funds for public education, parents, staff and community members can build on the academic excellence that the BPS district provides students in our community, even in these challenging economic circumstances.

4th and 5th Grade Students visit Orchestra Hall in Detroit