Why Giving Matters

Thank you for supporting a mind-opening education.

Dear Friends,

When the Board of Trustees approved our current strategic plan, OES 2020: May Wonder Never Cease, we knew we were onto something special in its very simplicity. Like many independent schools, OES is comprised of three important assets: our People, our Place, and our Program. Around these we overlay a Plan to ensure we remain financially sustainable for our future. Although complex in its undertaking, the construct is really that simple.

In the second year of this plan, we accomplished a number of our strategic goals, and in these pages we are proud to highlight just a few: the People who make OES so special, improvements to our Place, and some fun moments from our inquiry-based Program. Additionally, we look at the numbers that support our Plan.

We hope you enjoy this look inside OES 2016–17. It was a fantastic year all around, and we have you to thank for that. We are grateful for your continued generous support.

Thank you for all you do to help make OES possible.


Elizabeth Gewecke President, Board of Trustees

Mo Copeland Head of School

2016-17 Fundraising Results

OES Endowment

As of June 30, 2017, the OES endowment was $23,223,452. Another $4 million is held in designated reserves. Realized estate gifts as well as investment returns accounted for significant growth of the Endowment in 2016-17.

Endowment Designation



Honor Roll of Donors