Help us bring an amazing new school to Buffalo (Tonawanda), NY!
The School of Two Hearts is a unique school coming to Tonawanda, NY (outside of Buffalo) Fall of 2020. We are a K-12 experience. We are college prep and the trades. We are the first Catholic high school environment to provide a trades path in WNY. We offer our own curriculum, not Common Core. We teach through the lens of the Catholic faith. We will tap into our children’s interests and skills while serving others.
Real-World Learning Experiences
UNIQUE COURSE OFFERINGS
We will NOT teach Common Core or teach to state standardized tests. We will bring in unique classes with real-world applications. Ex. Science of Play, Creative Story Writing, Forensics, Culinary, Wood Shop, Interior Design, Marketing, Finance.
Students will be entrepreneurs at our on-campus café – They will develop and test recipes in Culinary, learn how to price food in Math, and create promotions in Marketing. Our Students’ artwork will decorate the menu, their ceramics will be used to serve our customers, and their artwork will be on the walls, available for purchase.
HANDS-ON APPLIED LEARNING
We will teach language via immersion, learning naturally, not being tested. We envision having a greenhouse where students can study science a serve the neighborhood with fresh foods. We have an arrangement with Russell’s Steakhouse for internships for hospitality and food service.
Dynamic Learning Environment
JOYFUL CATHOLIC FAITH
We will have daily recess in addition to physical education. We will have daily Mass. We will have opportunities to say the rosary and to go to adoration and Confession.
COLLEGE PREP AND THE TRADES
We are one human family with many diverse skills and interests. There is more than one type of intelligence. We want to help the children of God seek where their skills are and be the best version of themselves.
Body, Mind, Soul - We will have daily recess in addition to phys ed. We will challenge our children academically. Our K-12 theology curriculum will make learning the faith a joyful, awe-inspiring experience.
We recognize the importance and inspirational power of beauty. We will strive to use our environment to elevate the thoughts to higher things.
Building Up Our Community
SERVICE TO OTHERS
The school is in a neighborhood. Here we can learn the Works of Mercy, raking, shoveling, baking, etc. for those who cannot do it for themselves. Students can try out practical skills in the community by creating products and services.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY
We will offer high school equivalency training. We want those who may have struggled in the past to feel welcome and see we are in this together.
PATRIOTISM & FREEDOM TO LEARN
This is the United States of America. One’s zip code should not determine the quality of education that any student receives. We want our children to that they have a purpose, they can strive and be the best person they can be, and they live in a country that will provide this opportunity for them.
Estimated Funding Needed to Open
$81,000 - RENOVATIONS - to meet safety codes, and other small renovations such as classroom paint
$37,000 - SECURITY & BASIC TECHNOLOGY - computers, projectors, PA system, security cameras, etc.
$159,500 - STARTING OPERATIONS - Insurance, startup inventory, cafeteria supplies, sanitation & safety equipment, first 3 mo. operational costs such as salaries and bills, marketing, accounting
$46,500 - EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS - Curriculum books/workbooks, classroom learning aids, music and art room supplies, science equipment, basic phys ed equipment, teacher training, etc.
$176,000 - WISH LIST NEEDS TO MAKE THE SCHOOL TRULY UNIQUE - Café equipment, woodworking tools and wood, other materials for trades courses, greenhouse, library books, classroom furniture & décor, special education, financial aid assistance
We are not here just to take a handout. Eventually we want to be self-sustaining. Beyond tuition and some fundraising, we want to create a café, for example, to bring in income while our children have authentic learning experiences. We will be good stewards of any gift we are given. Thank you!