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Annual Giving Campaign

As we prepare for the new school year, it’s time to renew our commitment to an enriched education at La Jolla Elementary School. As you know, we are a public school and the resources provided by the state and local funding are not sufficient to achieve our goals of (1) reducing class size and providing greater instructional support for our student’s daily educational programs, (2) providing the myriad of enrichment programs such as art, music, technology which enhance our children’s overall educational experience, (3) enhancing our curriculum with up-to-date technology, and (4) making campus improvements that beautify the learning environment and create green spaces for students to work and play!

Each August our school foundation, Friends of La Jolla Elementary (“Friends”), launches an Annual Giving Campaign to raise funds to bridge the gap between public funding and the resources needed to provide an enriched education. Now more than ever, Friends needs the support from families to help our school maintain excellence in this unprecedented time.

The benefits that Friends plans to offer this year include:

An additional full-time classroom teacher to reduce class size and reduce combination classes.

Three support teachers to work with students in small groups in mathematics and literacy.

Enrichment programs: staffing and materials for art, music, and technology

Technology improvements

An account for each teacher for supplies and educational enhancements in science, engineering, and art.

Friends is also planning for the unexpected due to the pandemic!

Our goal is to be in a position to answer “yes” when our school, teachers, and administrators call on Friends for funding to improve the safety, education, and community experience of our school.

Last year, the benefits we provided averaged $1,300 per LJES student.

Our fundraising focus this year is to encourage 100% participation at the donation level that is appropriate for each LJES family, with the understanding all families are making sacrifices and facing adversity. Each and every dollar counts, and no contribution is too small.

There are many ways people can and do give to La Jolla Elementary School, but this annual campaign is necessary to sustain our excellent public school, so give generously or give what you can, but please make a donation.  You can read our AGC donation letter here.

Please join us in giving the gift of an enriched education to every student at our extraordinary public school. Together, with your generosity, we can continue to ensure our children receive the best possible education and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Friends of La Jolla Elementary, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, separate from La Jolla Elementary School and the San Diego Unified School District, that supports fund raising at our school. Our Tax ID Number is 33-0080727.

How can I give?
You can donate through our website if you would like to pay with a credit card by clicking give now.

If you would like to pay by check, you can download the AGC donation form here and send your payment to our school:

Attn: Annual Giving Campaign
Friends of La Jolla Elementary School, Inc.
1111 Marine Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

Can I pay in installments?
Yes! You can donate all at once or pay in installments throughout the school year. Please contact Elizabeth Van Clief to set up your installment payment schedule.

Do you accept corporate matching gifts, donations from non-LJES parents, and stock?

Yes to all of the above! Thanks to stock donations, corporate matching gifts, and donations from community members and family, our school has raised thousands of dollars in additional funds for our children. If your company provides matching, please contact Elizabeth Van Clief.

For more information on our Annual Giving Campaign, please contact Elizabeth Van Clief.