History and Overview
Who We Are
Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School.
LPIE was founded in 1980 as the Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation (LASF) by a small group of parents concerned about the cutbacks in arts and science programs in the schools as a result of Proposition 13.
Founded by Su Stauffer, Helen Troxel and Bob Wood, the organization began with a modest budget of $10,000 and 19 parent volunteers who worked closely with district teachers and administrators to raise funds, plan programs and hire qualified instructors to bring art, music and science back into the classrooms.
LASF released its first annual report in 1981. With 7 instructors, new programs included lectures on German expressionism at Acalanes High School, art history classes at Springhill and the beginnings of orchestras at Springhill Elementary, Vallecito and Happy Valley.
In 2010, the organization changed its name to Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) and shifted its funding model to provide greater support to the Lafayette schools.
Since its inception over 39 years ago, LPIE has provided funds for instruction in art, music, writing, science and social studies. Today it has more than 120 volunteers, over 100 classroom instructors, an executive director and a small office staff. For the 2018-2019 school year, LPIE raised a record $4.3 million dollars, which supported all curriculum areas as well as teacher development, technology investments and classroom materials.
Why We Exist
Public funding isn’t sufficient to adequately fund the full, engaging and well-rounded curriculum that our community demands. Parcel taxes go a long way, but a gap remains. LPIE raises additional revenue needed to support Lafayette’s public schools.
What We Do
For 39 years, our mission has been consistent: to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools. We achieve this by:
Going Beyond the Basics: LPIE helps maintain the hallmarks of an education rich in science, math, music, art, technology, foreign language, humanities and electives. This year, we invested 92% of our income to fund these essential programs, along with important student support services.
Identifying and Filling Needs: LPIE works directly with the Lafayette School District and the Acalanes Union High School District to identify areas for investment in core academics and enrichment, supporting programs and efforts that might otherwise go unfunded.
Powering our Schools: Since 1980, LPIE donations have provided more than $33 million in funding to support Lafayette students. LPIE continues to be an important member of Lafayette’s vibrant community.
We believe Lafayette school children need to have a well-rounded education in order to thrive in today’s world. LPIE, teaming up with parents, parent organizations, volunteers, community members, local businesses, teachers, and school districts, supports high priority school programs threatened by lack of regular funding. LPIE also brings skilled independent instructors into the classroom to share their talents and delivers extraordinary enrichment opportunities that spark students’ imaginations and ignites their dreams.
The foundation’s efforts benefit the nearly 5000 students at our six public schools. We fund programs in science, visual and performing arts, foreign language, math, and writing as well as electives, class sections, instructional aides, counselors, library databases and technology.