OCC Annual Fund

The backbone of Oyster-Adams’ parent-based fundraising is through our Annual Campaign. The costs of running a bilingual school are high – and the per-capita budget provided by DCPS doesn’t account for the realities of a dual-language, dual-campus program. The Annual Campaign is the primary source of our school’s fundraising budget – $300,000 to be exact!

Our parent donations facilitate extra staffing, and enable Principal Cruz to dedicate 99.5% of the DCPS budget to OA critical staff.

That means we have 17 instructional aides in OA classrooms, instead of the 5 allotted from our DCPS budget.

• Bilingual staffing
• Bilingual programming
iReady math app
Field trips
Science experiment materials
Bilingual books & manipulatives
RAZ Kids bilingual reading app
Professional development
Art/PE/Music/Theater programs

We know that you share our goals for achievement and improvement for all OA children – and our school has never been stronger.

Oyster-Adams students are reaching record levels of achievement, regardless of race, learning differences, or socioeconomics.

  • Scores Are Up–Double digits gains in reading & math PARCC scores!
  • Best in City–OA has highest performing 8th grade readers in the city (DCPS or charter)!
  • Shrinking Achievement Gap–Reading achievement gap is narrowing in every sub- group; 4 years ago less than half of Black/African-American students scored proficient/advanced: now 79% are!
  • College- level Spanish–41 eighth grade students took the AP Spanish Language exams and 98% passed, earning college credit before even enrolling in high school!

What is the purpose of the Annual Giving Fund?
The Annual Campaign is managed by the OCC, Oyster-Adams’ Parent Teacher Organization, a 501(c)(3). The OCC pays for academic programs, equipment and supplies NOT funded by DCPS.

How is money raised for the fund?
Each family is asked to make a suggested donation of $400 per child. Make a one-time donation or consider a monthly contribution. Give what you can. No amount is too small (or too big!).

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. You will receive a receipt for your tax purposes at time of contribution. If you need documentation for an employer match to your personal contribution please email treasurer@oysteradams.org. We’ll be happy to help you!


Students are reaching record levels of achievement, regardless of race, learning differences, or socioeconomics.

Without OCC Funds: 5 Instructional Aides

With OCC Funds: 17 Instructional Aides!

Make a monthly or one-time payment via the form below.





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The OCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations given to the OCC are tax-deductible.

We are #OAthankful

Your OCC Board:

Chair-Presidente: Andrea Egan
Secretary-Secretario: Scott Dafflitto
Treasurer-Tesorero: Kevin Kurzendoerfer
Fundraising Chair-Presidente de Recaudación de Fondos: Catherine Depret
Calendar Czar & Community Chair – Presidente de Calendario y comunidad: Catrin Morris
Information & Processes Chair – Presidente de Información y Procesos: Jessica D’Amico
Community Events Director- Director de Eventos Comunitarios: Carla Ferris
Educational Investment Director – Director de Inversión Educativa: Purnima Boominathan
Fundraising Strategy-Estrategia de Recaudación de Fondos: Mark Bromley
At Large Member – Finance team – Elizabeth Ruiz
At Large Member – Community events team – Claudia Aguilar
At Large Member -Community events team – Monique Worrell
At Large Member – Hilary Benson

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