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Because of the generosity of the TOPS community, Friends of TOPS ensures additional programming beyond what Seattle Public Schools provides. Through Friends of TOPS, our community is able to establish its own priorities for our children’s experiences, providing academic support and exciting enrichment opportunities.

These funds allow TOPS children to have experiences and opportunities truly specific to TOPS – ones that could not be found at other Seattle schools. Here are just a few of the unique programs that Friends of TOPS supports:

  • Music
    general music education for K-3, every 4th and 5th grader learns an instrument, Middle School Band and Orchestra
  • Drama and Movement
    an integrated drama program for 1st-8th grades led by experienced teaching artists
  • Planting the Seeds
    an immersive learning experience for 8th graders volunteering with organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness
  • K-2 Assistants
    part-time additional support for K, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers and students during class, recess and lunchtime.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Family Nights
    connects families to community resources and provides opportunity for socializing and community building

Here is a full list of programs funded by the TOPS community through Friends of TOPS for the 2021-2022 school year *. Every year, community members suggest and lead the programs, so each year may have new and different programming.

Please take a moment to make a donation to Friends of TOPS and support these programs that empower students to be active participants, leaders, learners, and contributors to social justice. To guarantee funds for budgeted programs, Friends of TOPS uses donations received in the current school year to fund the programs that will occur in the following school year.

2021-22 Budget Distribution

overhead 5%
social justice 11%
academics 30%
community 15%
enrichment 30%
Enrichment: 39%
Academics: 30%
Community: 15%
Social Justice: 11%
Overhead: 5%
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Checks may be made out to “Friends of TOPS” and dropped off in the office or sent to:

Friends of TOPS
2500 Franklin Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

If you work for a company that matches donations, please submit a matching request to your employer to multiply the impact of your gift.

If you have questions or ideas, please contact us at

Thank you,
TOPS Site Council
and Friends of TOPS

*It is our hope that each of the budgeted programs will continue as planned. However, given the unique nature of this school year, programs may not be able to proceed. If that is the case, Friends of TOPS will either reallocate those funds to programs that can benefit this year’s special demands or roll funds over to the following year.