We have created a school with an amazing mission: a joyful and exciting learning community for intellectually curious elementary-age children. Our state funding does not cover the cost of their education at Polaris. Every single donation is appreciated and needed.

We know our mission has power. After six years of serving 6-12 year-olds in project-based, interdisciplinary, multi-age, nurturing classrooms, we can all be proud of our August 2017 Renewal Report from the NH Department of Education, our higher than state average scores, and most importantly, the happy faces of our students who are eager to come to Polaris Charter School every day. We have all joined together- Polaris faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, the Polaris Educational Foundation, our students, parents, and community friends- to make this school the success story that it is today.

We invite you to assist us in the cause to ensure the Polaris Charter School remains financially viable. We ask for your help to honor, support, and sustain our Mission for the important work our students will continue to do!

Facts About Polaris Charter School Funding

Funding is provided by the state

We receive is less than 50% of the average per-pupil cost in other public schools and no district funds. Our outreach efforts must bridge the gap between state funding and the actual cost of operating Polaris Charter School.

  • The state average cost per pupil to educate a student in grades 1-12 (FY17) was $15,310.67

  • Charter schools receive $7100

  • The difference is that the traditional public school receives local tax dollars and charters do not

Operations Costs

The largest portion of our budget, like most businesses, is devoted to salaries and yet, our dedicated employees are underpaid when compared to similar positions in other public schools. Our operational costs, including rent, utilities, and insurance go up every year.

To make ends meet, we must increasingly eliminate or decrease our spending in every budget area except operational costs and salaries. Your donation is used to supplement our budget for classroom supplies, books, furniture, technology, and necessities such as maintenance, substitutes, and professional development. In short, our Annual Fund drive is designed to bridge the growing gap between state funds and what we need to uphold the excellent educational program at Polaris Charter School.​

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Polaris Charter School Mission

The mission of Polaris Charter school is to create a joyful and exciting learning community for intellectually curious elementary-aged children. Through an engaging, inquiry-based curriculum, our students will develop the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, think critically, and excel academically. Our program fosters creativity and the development of social and emotional skills, instilling a positive attitude about future studies and ensuring students are well-prepared for the challenges of an ever-changing world.

To learn more about Polaris unique approach to elementary education with individualized learning plans and project-based education, visit our About Polaris page.

How to sign up for AmazonSmile

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com

  2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com

  3. Select your charity - Polaris Charter School

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How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app

  2. Navigate to the main menu (=)

  3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”

  4. Select Polaris Charter School and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app

  5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.
    Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit
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Polaris ID# 70228745

Help Your School Earn Free Supplies!

This unique program for schools can not only benefit our school now but it also helps us receive free supplies all year long! All you need to do is make a qualifying purchase* at Office Depot and present your school's 5% Back to Schools program ID - and we'll take care of the rest. (Download a list of qualifying products.)

How Does It Work?

  • Shop at Office Depot for all of your school and office supplies www.officedepot.com

  • Present our school's 5% Back To Schools ID # 70228745 when you shop online, over the phone, or at your neighborhood Office Depot store.

  • Office Depot will offer Polaris Charter School credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases in the form of an Office Depot Merchandise Card that can be used towards FREE supplies!

How Do I Find My School's 5% Back to Schools ID Number?

Don't know your school's ID number or need one? Visit your local Office Depot store to find a listing of 5% Back to Schools ID numbers or to request one for your school.

Spread the Word!

Print our 5% Back to Schools promotional flyer or ID cards with your school's 5% Back to Schools ID number and distribute to parents, teachers and school supporters.

FAQ's

To see a list of frequently asked questions about our 5% Back to Schools program, please click here.

Forgot to use your school's ID number when making a purchase?

Past purchases made within the current calendar quarter can still be entered for credit! To give 5% of your qualifying school or office supply purchases back to a school in the form of merchandise credits, just follow these simple steps:

For In-store Purchases: Simply bring your receipt and your school's 5% Back to Schools ID number to your local Office Depot location and ask a store associate to apply your purchase to the school of your choice!

For Online/Phone Purchases: Click Here to simply complete our short form using your school's contact information or 5% Back to Schools ID number and the order number that was provided for you online or over the phone at checkout.