SCEF and PTA: Our Partners


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Maintaining the high standards for education we expect for our students is a community effort.

San Carlos is fortunate to have the San Carlos Education Foundation and school site PTA organizations that are dedicated to providing support for our schools in distinct but complementary ways.  SCEF is a 501(c)3 fundraising organization which grants over $3 million annually to our public schools, ensuring a well-rounded education for our students.  PTAs are school-specific parent and teacher organizations focusing on community building, site needs and education advocacy.



The San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) is the primary fundraising organization for the San Carlos School District raising over $3 million each year. SCEF helps the San Carlos School District provide a well-rounded public education for all students. It works in partnership with parents and the community to support innovative and core programs that are vital to an exceptional education.  SCEF provides approximately 6% of the School District budget to help address the funding gap that exists between what the state provides and the actual cost of providing a robust education to our children.  The state only provides 75% of the cost to educate our students in San Carlos.  The other 19% comes from parcel taxes, grants, and income producing programs like pre-school and afterschool programs.

What Does SCEF Fund?

Donations to SCEF are applied equally across the district which ensures parity among the district schools, fosters solidarity throughout the San Carlos community, and encourages generous donations for the benefit of all San Carlos schools. This year SCEF grants will support smaller K-3 class sizes, middle school elective teachers, enrichment programs, librarians, counselors,  teacher professional development, the purchase of online learning applications, Chromebooks and iPads, materials and supplies for new NGSS Science Curriculum in every classroom and provide principal funds for site-specific needs.

How are Funds Raised?

Through our Annual Fund appeal for direct donations, workplace giving/employer matches, donations of stock or monthly recurring donations. We also seek Business Sponsorships, hold fundraising activities and events including auction. SCEF raises funds in the current school year to support programs in the next school year. This allows the School District to include the SCEF grant in its annual budget planning. While we raise funds from July 1 to June 30 each year, by giving earlier in the year, donors enable SCEF to provide the District with better grant estimates on which it can develop its annual school district budget.   By establishing SCEF as the primary fundraising organization for the district it allows coordinated and unified district-wide fundraising while still allowing PTAs to raise funds up to a cap of $100,000 for their community-building, advocacy and site needs.

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Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) are non-profit organizations that advocate for children, build community for families and fundraise at each school. The PTAs at our elementary schools and middle schools fund critical site-specific needs.

What Does the PTA Fund? 

Our PTAs work with the Principals at each site to fund many site-specific programs. PTAs support programming in the classroom to enhance and enrich student education, as well as school-wide events to build community. 

In addition to site-specific programs that build the character of each of our schools, all San Carlos PTAs fund teacher grants, school supplies, library books, student assemblies and emergency preparation. PTAs also advocate at the state level for stronger public schools.

How Do PTAs Fundraise? 

Each of our PTAs develops an annual site needs budget; in total, the six PTAs raise approximately $400,000. These funds are raised in the fall to be spent during that same school year. Each PTA conducts its fundraising based on what works best for its community, which can range from Suggested Donation (per pupil donation recommendation), Community Walk-A-Thons, book fairs and the like. Often, PTA fundraising activities are co-mingled with large-scale community-building events.

In light of Covid-19, our PTAs are working harder than ever to create ways to support our students and staff, and build community during remote learning and beyond. To serve families during remote learning, PTAs are reimagining beloved programs, including moving assemblies, author visits, book fairs, and community building events to virtual formats, building school library collections with e-books that can be accessed remotely, and strengthening the parent education series with online webinars.

Our PTA Partners