First Amendment Schools Network
There are two types of schools in the FAS Network: Affiliate Schools and Project Schools.
First Amendment Affiliate Schools
may or may not be engaged in the intensive
work of comprehensive school reform.
They are all, however, interested in
ensuring that all members of their school
community – from the faculty to the administration
to the parents, students, and custodial
staff – understand
the importance of individual rights,
civic responsibilities, and communal
The Affiliate Program gives schools
a less intensive entryway into the larger work of FAS.
It allows school communities to identify themselves with
the FAS aims of educating for freedom and responsibility,
and provides them with useful resources to help them in
their daily work.
FAS Affiliate Schools applications are
considered year-round, on a rolling basis.
First Amendment Project Schools
receive a three-year grant
stipend of $36,000, and commit to transform their schools and develop
new models for democratic education. Project Schools don’t claim to
have all the answers, either; but they are required to work across the
community to come up with ideas that will change the way their school
works, in the hopes of providing an example for other schools across
FAS Project School applications are considered once a year, in the spring.
It is important to note that these two groups are
not mutually exclusive. We hope and expect that many of our Affiliate
Schools will apply for Project School status in coming years. In addition,
all Project Schools may remain in the FAS Network as Affiliate Schools once
they have completed their three-year grant cycle.
FAS awards supplementary grants on a rolling, first-come-first-serve basis to both Project and Affiliate Schools. Most of these grants range between $500 and $1,000 and fund best practices or projects that help implement the principles of the FAS Vision Statement. To apply for an FAS supplementary grant, download the PDF file.
For more information on either program, contact the First
Amendment Center’s Sam Chaltain (703.284.2808, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASCD’s Molly McCloskey (703.575.5475, email@example.com