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The Kew-Forest School Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony - June 11, 2023
Please take a moment to listen to one of Kew-Forest’s shining alumni, Cairo Gordon-Somers-Archer '23. Cairo’s beautiful commencement speech epitomizes why Kew-Forest is as important today as it was during your time here.


Dear Kew-Forest Alumni Community, 

Since arriving in December 2023, I have been getting to know alumni, parents, staff, faculty and of course, the students. I have a broad view of schools in New York City, both as a parent and professional, and can honestly say there is no place like Kew-Forest. The word "community" is always front and center in every conversation, and the welfare and academic needs of the students are the catalyst for every decision and policy. Our goal is to ensure that Kew-Forest continues inspiring and educating youth from around the world for generations to come!
The cost of running independent schools has out-paced tuition-based revenues. This is the reality for most independent schools and Kew-Forest is no different.  To mitigate growing expenses, the Kew-Forest Board established an endowment from the sale of a portion of our property.  Our endowment is key to a stable financial future for Kew-Forest.  But more needs to be done, and to ensure we can provide a comprehensive learning experience for all our students, we need to grow our private support.  
As a member of our community, I hope you choose to invest in Kew-Forest by donating.  Your partnership is vital to our future as we prepare the next generation of students for a world of possibilities.  


Joan Halligan
Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Ways to Give

List of 3 items.

  • Annual Giving: Ad Summum Annual Fund

    Since tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of a Kew-Forest education, the Ad Summum Annual Fund supplements the School’s operational needs. Every member of the community is asked to make a gift each year to the Annual Fund. Annual giving helps to support the following areas:
    • Academic Program (including classroom materials, specialized equipment, and curriculum-enhancing field trips)
    • Co-curricular Program (including athletics, student activities, and clubs)
    • Faculty Recruitment and Retention (including opportunities for professional growth and development, incentives for curricular innovation, and compensation)
    • Technology Upgrades and Facilities Enhancement
  • Major Giving: The Kew-Forest Scholars Circle

    Kew-Forest is committed to providing access to quality education for families who otherwise would not be able to fully afford tuition. 
    Named scholarship opportunities are available with a $20,000+ commitment over four years.  A one-time donation of $100,000+ will establish a scholarship as permanently endowed and awarded in perpetuity.  
    Named scholarship donors will receive an annual update from the scholarship recipient and have the opportunity to meet in person.  Unless anonymity is requested, all scholarship sponsors will be recognized as members of The Kew-Forest Scholars Circle, published in the Annual Report. 
    For more information about The Kew-Forest Scholars Circle and additional opportunities to designate support to tuition assistance, please email Joan Halligan at
  • Planned Giving: The 1918 Society

    The 1918 Society recognizes donors who choose to provide for the future of Kew-Forest through a planned gift.  By including the School as a beneficiary of their estate plans, donors have the opportunity to make a significant impact, while also providing tax benefits for themselves and their families.
    A planned gift is a contribution that is commonly donated through a bequest, will, trust, retirement plan, or insurance policy.  Members of The 1918 Society will be recognized each year in Kew-Forest’s Annual Report and invited to a special reception with the Head of School each spring.   
    To learn more about planned giving or The 1918 Society, please email Joan Halligan at

How to Make a Gift

List of 4 items.

  • Donate Online

    To make your gift to the Ad Summum Annual Fund by credit card online, please visit here.  

  • Donate Appreciated Securities

    Another tax-smart way of giving is to make a donation of appreciated, publicly traded securities that have been held for one year or more. You will receive a charitable deduction, based on the current value of the securities, without incurring any capital gains tax.  For instructions on how to make a stock transfer, please please email Joan Halligan at

  • Mail a Check

    The easiest way to make a tax-deductible gift is to write a check to
    The Kew-Forest School and mail it to:

    The Kew-Forest School
    Office of Development
    119-17 Union Turnpike
    Forest Hills, New York 11375
  • Apply for a Matching Gift

    Make your donation go even further by asking your human resources department about your company's Matching Gifts program. Many companies will match or even double your donation, which means the impact of your gift is also doubled! 

The Kew-Forest School

119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667
The oldest independent school in the borough of Queens, The Kew-Forest School is an independent co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12.