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ASHS Legacy Foundation supports improving non-traditional students' experiences

Striving to improve the educational quality of non-traditional schools

Our Mission

To support non-traditional schools to add needed services and educational experiences, so students are better prepared for success in employment and continuing education

Our Vision

Non-traditional school graduates will have the same life-opportunities as do traditional school graduates

You Can Make A Difference

The facts:


  • Students most often leave traditional schools for non-academic reasons.

  • Public non-traditional schools provide opportunities to succeed by using methodologies suited to the student's needs.

  • Non-traditional schools typically receive less funding than traditional schools, and thus not all of the students' special needs are met.

  • Because of the lower funding, non-traditional schools cannot provide high quality educational experiences (variety of classes, trips, sports, etc.) or services (counseling, social worker, special education teachers, science equipment, computers, etc.)

What we do:

  • ASHS Legacy Foundation provides grants to public non-traditional schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • Foundation grants allow non-traditional schools to add essential educational experiences and services that the current funding cannot provide.

  • Students in schools we support get a higher quality educational experience and better preparation for their future.


Partner with us to help non-traditional students be better prepared for life, better skilled for the workforce, and to be positive contributors to their communities.  Make this part of your legacy! 

Non-Traditional Education Changes Lives

Elliot Melendez went from high school dropout to Harvard Medical School graduate with help of a non-traditional school

Meet Elliot Melendez.  High School dropout.  Non-traditional school graduate.

  • Harvard Medical School

  • Division Head, Pediatric Critical Care, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Elliot says:  

Having dropped out of high school due to social stressors, it became clearly evident that opportunities for a Latino high school dropout from the Bronx were minimal. I attempted to return to the high school I attended, and was told I could not go back to the school as it was not my zoned school. I pleaded that my zoned school had a high dropout rate and I wanted to get back into my high school and make it right. I was told that this had been heard and an exception would not be made.


I found the ASHS Clemente Center through a friend who had attended previously. The program individualized my education to my learning style. Instructors like Mr. Gary Wilder, counselor Ms. Gwendolyn Trimble, and principal Ms. Alma Warner saw in me, and in others, the potential that we could become, if nurtured and supported. They did not end their support with getting the GED, they facilitated my attendance to college and little did they know, they started a path toward success.

    Attend a non-traditional school?

Tell us how attending a non-traditional school helped you to improve your educational skills, graduate, get a better job, learn a new language, etc. Did your non-traditional school education help you achieve a better life?

What will your legacy be?

Your legacy could be enriching the educational experience of non-traditional students to be comparable to that of traditional schools.

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Other Ways To Support ASHS Legacy Foundation

  • Do online shopping using and set ASHS Legacy Foundation as your charity of choice

  • Do a birthday fundraiser on Facebook

  • Shop online at, select ASHS Legacy Foundation for rounding up of your purchase

  • Switch your credit card to one that donates to your favorite charity

  • Ask your employer if it matches donations you make

  • In your will leave a bequest to the foundation

  • Instead of flowers, make a donation in memory of family or friends

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