Roland Park K-2 and 3-5 Robotics Lab Ribbon Cuttings

NEWS – March 2022: In partnership with the Roland Park Foundation and the Swamy Family, all students K-5 now have access to a top-tier STEM curriculum.

The Roland Park K-8 community needs you now more than ever. Please make a donation online or in person to support our truly world class IB school. Sponsorship levels range from $25 to 10,000+. Donations up to $2,500 can be made in person or online.

Please contact Julie Garfield for donations greater than $2,500 or with any questions you may have. Also, we are featuring our Family Business / Corporate Sponsor level again this year where your business banner can be displayed on our school fence for $1,000 for the entire year!

About the Roland Park Foundation

The Roland Park Foundation, a non-profit 501c3, was created in 2018 by parent volunteers to raise funds for our amazing students, school, and staff. School administrators, in conjunction with parent volunteers, identify projects and programs to enhance everyone’s learning experience at Roland Park.

Projects funded by the Foundation over just the past few years include the Swamy Robotics Labs, our outdoor covered court, the sunshades covering PYP playgrounds, outdoor turfed classroom spaces, permanent umbrellas and turfed ground for the outdoor lunch tables, new media center furniture and state-of-the-art maker space area, new teacher and student laptops, classroom educational software, band and orchestra instruments (including drums for the World Drumming ensemble), Global Read Aloud books, national IB teacher training and conferences, national and international immersion scholarships, water bottle filling stations, and more.

Why We Fundraise

Roland Park K-8, located in the Westshore district, is a Hillsborough County elementary and middle Magnet school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program designation.  Roland Park has transformed from a Title I school to a best-in-class IB institution.  Roland Park is a culturally diverse school, with a greater than 60% minority rate and more than 35% of the students economically disadvantaged. 

Florida ranks 41st in the country for per student public school funding, spending only $7,300 per student vs. the national average of $11,500.  That’s $4,000 (or 36%) BELOW the national average. This tremendously affects the resources the schools and teachers have to elevate our citizens of the future.  

The Difference Between PTSA and the Foundation

Both entities are critically important to Roland Park, but the PTSA is ultimately an advocating body, whereas the RP Foundation manages fundraising for large-scale, long-term school projects.