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The Alternative School for Math & Science

Innovative teaching. Student-centered learning.

Middle School Grades 6-8



ASMS enjoys a high level of support from corporate and individual donors throughout our community. Their generous contributions ensure that tuition costs are kept low and financial aid packages are available to many of our families. In addition, donor support makes it possible to house our learning environment in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.

ASMS provides the highest quality education for all our students. Giving to ASMS is a tangible statement of your support for our mission and our work.  It is also an important means to ensure continued excellence.  Tuition revenue covers only sixty percent of the actual cost of an ASMS education.  The generous contributions of our donors make it possible for our dedicated faculty to provide all that is best for our students.

Ways to Give

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund Campaign is our major fundraising event. Each year we establish a fundraising goal based on our actual budget. We aim to achieve one hundred percent participation from all our stakeholders, including parents, board members, and staff. Funds raised through the Annual Fund Campaign are used to support operating expenses, financial aid awards, and capital expenditures, including purchases of laptops, books, musical instruments, and instructional materials. The Annual Campaign begins in November of each year, but gifts are welcome at any time.


Gifts by Credit Card

The Corning Foundation offers to pay the credit card fee for Corning Inc. employees who make a gift through the Corning Foundation website.  They will also automatically match the gift. 

Corning Foundation Website (click on Employee Programs from the main page)


We can accept donations through the PayPal link below, however the amount ASMS receives is reduced by approximately 2% after PayPal fees.  PayPal is a web-based application used for the secure transfer of funds between member accounts. PayPal relies on the existing infrastructure used by financial institutions and credit card companies to facilitate the exchange of funds. 


Cash Gifts

Gifts by check should be made payable to ASMS and directed to the attention of Jessica Ortiz. They should be sent to the school's mailing address at:


The Alternative School for Math & Science

P.O. Box 114

Corning, N.Y.  14830



Gifts of Securities

ASMS is able to accept gifts of appreciated stock or mutual funds through its account at Merrill Lynch. Transfer instructions may be obtained by contacting our financial advisor:


Cornfield Group, Merrill Lynch

235 S. Cayuga St, Ste 100

Ithaca, NY 14850



Please notify Jessica Ortiz at of all gifts of securities on or before the transfer date.



Matching Gifts

ASMS is recognized as a non-profit accredited school that qualifies for matching gifts by corporate foundations. ASMS receives substantial funding from matching gift programs each year, for which we are greatly appreciative. Corning Incorporated's employees process their matching gift requests through the Corning Foundation's online system once they receive the donation acknowledgment letter from ASMS. Matching gift forms from other corporations may be sent with the employee's donation or directed to Jessica Ortiz at the school's mailing address.  



Tax Deductibility of Gifts

ASMS is an NYS Education Corporation with an absolute charter from the University of the State of New York Education Department. It has been granted 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. All gifts to ASMS are deductible for federal and NYS income tax in the year the gift is made.

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