The School of Arts and Sciences Foundation, Inc.
3208 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee FL 32308
Contact Information
Address 3208 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone (850) 386-6566
Fax 850 838-8183
Alternate Address 1646 Hedgefield Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
At A Glance
Organization DBA
The School of Arts and Sciences Foundation, Inc.
School of Arts and Sciences
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3491716
Year of Incorporation 1997
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,866,750.00
Projected Expenses $1,849,912.51
Mission Statement
To facilitate individual educational ownership and responsible lifelong learning through interdisciplinary approaches to arts and sciences in a safe and nurturing environment.   

Needs Statement
With almost 1,000 students currently on our waiting list, SAS needs more space to serve more students.  To that end, we need space to expand and replicate, funds for construction, and funds to train new faculty/staff in our education model.
Impact Statement

Again this past year, our students continued the tradition of meeting or exceeding the school district and state averages as measured on the Statewide assessment. The state awards letter grades to schools that are based on a point system. Each and every year the state has awarded a letter grade, we have received an “A”. We are very proud of this accomplishment as we do not "teach to the test" and yet our students continue to make gains as measured by the state.

We are a High Performing Charter School as designated by the State Department of Education.

We continue to have sound fiscal management that leads to a "clean" annual audit.

Background Statement

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) opened in 1999 and is an accredited public Charter School serving students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade who reside in Leon County, Florida. Our School began as the passion of a group of community members who diligently worked to articulate their vision and submit a charter school application to the school district.  Despite not having the financial resources to open upon approval, the group persisted and opened the following year.  The School has embraced a commitment to meeting the needs of children through developmentally appropriate and respectful practices and has continued to improve each year of operation.

Our School has received a number of recognitions of excellence.  The School has been designated as A “high performing charter school” by the Florida Department of Education and has received an "A" grade from for each year that we have been graded (beginning in 2002-2003). In March, 2011, the Leon County School Board voted to approve the recommendation of Superintendent Jackie Pons that our school be granted a 15 year charter. This is a first in Leon County. Previously our longest extension was for 5 years. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement named SAS as one of eight top charter schools in the nation. The Department's publication "Innovations in Education: Successful Charter Schools" features a profile of SAS. In 2008 SAS completed the rigorous process to attain accreditation, with evaluation by education professionals of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. At the November, 2006 Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando, our school was highlighted as one of 10 excellent charter schools in Florida. We are featured in a publication by the FL Department of Education called “A Decade of Progress” celebrating 10 years of charter schools in this state. The International Center for Leadership in Education in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation chose the School of Arts and Sciences as one of the nation's model schools. As a result, a team of four teachers and the principal participated in the Model Schools Conference in Nashville in June, 2005.  
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Students must live in Leon County to apply for SAS.
Board Chair Statement The SAS Board of Directors (BOD) is a wonderful and unique group. The role of the Board is to serve as oversight for the School of Arts and Sciences. This role includes the following duties: fiscal oversight, school management, policy development, the physical plant and fundraising. The Board is the highest authority at the School of Arts and Sciences. However, that authority is exercised as a group, not as individuals.  The board meets monthly with committees meeting as needed, often several times a month. The SAS BOD is a hard working board. It is inspiring to see volunteers, at least 50% of whom do not have children at the school, working so tirelessly to ensure the highest quality education possible for our students. We are proud that our model does work. SAS has been an "A" school based on the DOE grading scale since the implementation of the FCAT and has the highest DOE school grade by points of any school in Leon County. We are currently challenged by the almost 1000 students on our waiting list. Students in Leon County want and need the kind of educational experience we provide, but with limited funding sources we are not able to expand our current facility to increase enrollment. The entire BOD is working together through all of the committee areas to identify a comprehensive and responsible plan for expansion. We need your help to fund expansion and allow greater access to our educational model .
The School of Arts and Sciences would like to fund a one-to-one technology program for all students, beginning with middle school and working down to lower grades. 
Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By
Success will be noted by teachers who are able to implement the program, both through observation and through assessments.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
As funding for education has been cut, we are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain our current level of programming for our students. The same financial constraints are what are keeping us from expanding the number of students we teach in order to better serve the community. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Emily Norton
Company Affiliation Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Andrew Chin
Company Affiliation Florida A&M University
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Members
Mr. Andrew Chin Florida A&M University
Mr. Stephanie Johnson Legal Services of North Florida
Mr. Robin Johnston TCC
Mr. Jessica Kennett Educator
Ms. Leon Kung Independent IT Consultant
Ms. Jason Lichtstein Ackerman LLP
Ms Jenny Longo Law, Redd, Crona and Munroe, P.A.
Ms. Emily Norton FL Fish & Wildlife Commission
Dr. Iris Palazesi Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sunita Smith Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Stafford American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Dr. Joe Williams Rickards High School/Director of IB
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Julie Fredrickson
Term Start July 2011
I am in my 30th year as an educator. I taught elementary music for 14 years before becoming a classroom teacher for SAS when it opened in 1999. In the fall of 2009, I became the Assistant Principal and in July 2011 I became the Principal.
Co-CEO Ms. Melinda Milles
Term Start July 2011
Former CEOs
Ms. Debo Powers July 1999 - June
Full Time Staff 34
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 125
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
The main challenge facing the organization is financial. In order to keep our current level of programming for students, our revenues must increase. This forum,, is giving us the opportunity to help the Tallahassee community learn about this wonderful alternative public school offering.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $1,866,750.00
Projected Expenses $1,849,912.51
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,858,443$30,196$0
Individual Contributions$4,435$8,777$744
Investment Income, Net of Losses$132$5,748$2,981
Membership Dues------
Special Events$33,323$17,314$9,905
Revenue In-Kind$998----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,824,852$1,841,531$1,791,337
Administration Expense$197,373$108,708$114,979
Fundraising Expense----$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.980.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,229,906$2,261,554$2,282,423
Current Assets$355,156$336,268$279,360
Long-Term Liabilities$475,079$484,262$486,285
Current Liabilities$34,079$57,269$37,493
Total Net Assets$1,720,748$1,720,023$1,758,645
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.425.877.45
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets21%21%21%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the Capital Campaign is to help us expand our services to the students currently enrolled and to the greater Leon County community.
Goal $300,000.00
Dates Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 54000 as of Jan 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from 990's
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they were not separated in 990's
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in 990's
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit The School of Arts and Sciences Foundation, Inc.
Address 3208 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Primary Phone 850 386-6566
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Julie Fredrickson
Board Chair Ms. Emily Norton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Year of Incorporation 1997