Newstead 5K

We’ll be back in person on race day at the South Mountain Annex School! Sign on as a sponsor here.  To learn more, email


Help Us Achieve More!

More than 80% of Achieve’s support comes from local families and businesses. Your tax-free donation enables us continue to help ensure that all SOMSD students have equal access to every learning opportunity.

Donate today and Achieve With Us! 

Achieve Tributes

Thanks to everyone who chose Honor Your Teacher tributes to recognize SOMSD staffers who worked hard this year to engage and educate our children.


Mission Statement

The Achieve Foundation promotes high-quality education that prepares South Orange-Maplewood School District students for the future. We support our students, families and educators by addressing inequities, inspiring innovation and fostering community.

Our priorities are to:

  • Champion Excellence: enhancing student experiences through meaningful programs, grants and funding that advance best educational practices
  • Address Equity: addressing the opportunity gap and unmet educational needs for vulnerable students in the District
  • Build Community: bringing together and working in coordination with stakeholders (students, families, teachers, administrators, volunteers, community at large) to strengthen and enrich educational experiences
  • Deliver Solutions: listening to stakeholders, evaluating options, and responding to evolving needs throughout the District
Read Letters from Our Trustees and Staff

Sign Up for Our E-Blast