Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation

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Academic Excellence
at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School since 1995

Thanks to our generous donors!

Find out more about the programs that the Foundation has funded.

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Your Donations Will Fund Key Academic Support Programs This Summer at B-CC!

March 31, 2015

The continued generosity of our donors–especially those who have stepped up more than once this year and particularly those who responded to our emergency online campaign for our March event–made it possible for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Foundation Board members to vote

to approve funding for the following programs this summer at the March 25th Board meeting:

*Ninth Grade Summer Academy
Designed to help students who struggled academically and/or socially in middle school prepare for a successful transition to 9th grade. Involves direct instruction in essential skills, meetings with members of student government, introduction to resources such as TAP, and participation in team and leadership building exercises.
–serves 45-60 students.

*Tenth Grade Summer Academy
Assists upcoming 10th graders understand the importance of hard work while emphasizing interest inventories, career and college exploration and community service.
–serves 20-30 students.

*College Essay Writing Workshop
Students will receive 10 hours of focused instruction and individual attention in a college essay writing workshop. Students will respond to a variety of college essay prompts, polish and prepare at least one essay for admissions.
–serves 50 students

*Girls Leadership Program
Provides girls with the inspiration, motivation, and skills needed to be leaders in the community. Students will hear from guest speakers/community leaders, B-CC alums, and teachers.
–serves 12-15 students

*IB/AP Study Skills
Offers a workshop for rising 11th graders taking IB and AP classes who need extra help to make a smooth entry into these classes. Students will focus on research skills, developing research questions, evaluating sources, incorporating source material into a research-based essay.
–serves up to 50 students.

*Journalism and Media Literacy Intensive
Teachers will work with students on news and feature writing and media literacy and opinion writing to teach them strong writing skills and to demonstrate that knowledge and opinion of current events and clear concise writing will be of service in a variety of classes.
–serves 20-30 students.

Foundation’s March Event Celebrates 20 Years of “Building a Better School Together”

March 23, 2015
More than 100 people attended the B-CC High School Educational Foundation’s annual “Evening of Wine, Chocolate & Cheese” on March 12, a community event celebrating the Foundation’s 20-year history of supporting the students and staff at B-CC, and thanking all the donors who have made – and continue to make – it all possible.

The B-CC community demonstrated an enormous show of support for the event, which was on the same night as the boys’ basketball team’s state semifinal game, with a surge in online donations in response to the Foundation’s fundraising campaign that evening. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its donors, the Foundation was able to meet its goal. The money raised will go toward funding the Foundation’s Campaign for Academic Excellence at B-CC.

At the event, following presentations of citations honoring the Foundation’s 20th anniversary from U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner, Foundation President Matt Gandal and Assistant Principal Marjorie Lope spoke about the importance of the Foundation to the school.

Please check out the video  
B-CC High School Educational Foundation – 20th Anniversary, shot by Michael Pollak of C2C Media Group, as well as the photos, taken by Bill Mills, B-CC Class of 1958, for highlights of the event.

B-CC IB Film and Media Student to Screen “To Change” at the White House

On March 20, 2015, President Obama will host the second-annual White House Student Film Festival. Among his guests will be a team of IB Film and media studies students from B-CC: Jiefu “Jeff” Fan, Josephine Ullman, Maksym “Max” Rykov, and Leo Duch, all class of 2016. Their film, “To Change,” was one of fifteen student videos from around the country chosen as “Official Selections” and will be screened in East Room of the White House, which will be transformed into a movie theater. The event runs from 1:00 to 5:00 and will be streamed live on For more information about the film festival visit

The More You Chip In, the More We All Win!


Attend our Annual Fundraiser

Tonight, March 12, from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase

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We need to raise $10,000!!!

All money raised goes directly to academic support programs for B-CC students

Every $30 provides another student access to TAP

Every $100 provides a student access to Summer Academy

Please Join Us at Our Ninth Annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Community Fundraiser


invites you to
with “heavy” hors d’oeuvres.

The event will highlight academic excellence at B-CC High School and the Foundation programs that help our students succeed.

When:    Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7-9pm

Where:   Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD

RSVP by: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tickets:   $50 per person (estimated ticket value $30)

To buy tickets or make a tax-deductible donation,

  • you may do so online, or
  • print the RSVP form and mail it with your check to B-CC HS Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 31209, Bethesda, MD 20824-1209.

View invitations (general or staff) for more information.

Questions: email

Campaign for Academic Excellence

At the start of the 2014-15 school year, the Foundation launched its Campaign for Academic Excellence, a continuum of year-round integrated academic support programs that promote high academic standards and success for all students at B-CC High School. Find out more.

Twenty Years of Partnership with B-CC High School

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation was established in 1995 during a time of declining enrollment and deteriorating facilities at B-CC High School. The Foundation took on the charge to help improve school facilities, raise academic rigor, and re-engineer B-CC for the 21st Century.

Over the course of twenty years, the Foundation has raised more than $2.3 million to meet that challenge and to invest in academic excellence at B-CC High School:

With new programs and a newly modernized facility that was completed in February 2002, B-CC's enrollment, reflecting community confidence in the school, has been increasing steadily ever since:

The generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, students, businesses, and community members has made it possible for the Foundation to fund innovative academic support programs that promote high academic standards and support success for all B-CC students. In the process, the Foundation helped bring several "firsts" to B-CC High School:

•  an open-access     International     Baccalaureate program     in 1996

•  a Summer Academy     program in 1999

•  CollegeTracks in 2002

•  TAP, an after-school     academic support     program staffed by B-CC     teachers, in 2003

•  a Cyber Café in 2003

•  a technology-based     Language Lab in 2004