History of the Sojourner Education Foundation (SEF)

When North Clackamas School District reclassified Sojourner School from a charter to a magnet school in 2012, several highly-valued program elements were in jeopardy due to the non-certification of instructional Artists-in-Residence and the cost-prohibitive nature of filling these roles with certified teachers. These included Violin, Spanish, Orff and Flow. A small group of parents worked together to negotiate with the district and created the Sojourner Education Foundation (SEF) in order to preserve the Sojourner program.

Now, the Sojourner community votes annually to raise the money through SEF for the purpose of funding these special programs. The money SEF generates is used to pay for some program elements directly, with financial support for others paid to the North Clackamas School District. Other functions of the Sojourner Education Foundation include championing the vision of the Sojourner program, negotiating with the School District and managing Sojourner’s Marimba Program in cooperation with our Artist-in-Residence, Shera Sinell.