Have a question about LAEF?
Check below for answers to our most frequently asked questions. Still can’t find the answer you need? E-mail us at info@LAEF4kids.org or call us at (562) 799-4700 – Extension 80424.
Who is LAEF?
- LAEF stands for the Los Alamitos Education Foundation and is an independent not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization (Federal Tax ID #95-3756247) governed by a Board of Directors made up of community-based volunteers. LAEF staff consists of one full-time Executive Director, one full-time Programs Manager, and two part-time program/administrative assistants.
- LAEF is the official pre-K through 12th grade non-profit partner of the Los Alamitos Unified School District, as adopted by the Board of Education in August, 2012.
What is LAEF's mission and vision?
Mission: "To build durable relationships that help fund our vision, share our knowledge, and prepare every child in our district for college and beyond."
Vision: "LAEF is the trusted partner through which the community engages with the Los Alamitos Unified School District to measurably improve student achievement results. LAEF accomplishes this by providing significant funding to the district in critical areas impacting all students, and by providing educational enrichment opportunities for every student."
What does LAEF do to help your child?
In the 2011-2012 school year, LAEF granted $134,000 to the school district to pay for additional teachers. These teachers provided targeted intervention and instruction at every school in the district. District-wide, API (Academic Performance Index) scores increased a full 8 points year over year. Then Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnson attributed these increases to the District’s excellent instructional staff, including the additional student and classroom support paid for by LAEF’s targeted teacher grants to the District. LAEF continues to work with the Superintendent’s office to prioritize programs and opportunities that will benefit students district-wide, and pursues financial support to fund those opportunities. Since 2011-12, LAEF has granted over $500,000 to Los Al USD.
LAEF provides enrichment to Los Al USD:
- Summer Enrichment Program - Nearly 1,000 students participate in LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute classes at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
- Young Americans Program – this is an international company of 50 staff, singers and dancers from all over the world that present a 3-day workshop filled with music, dance and fun to 4th – 12th grade students around the world. LAEF provides this workshop every other year and hundreds of kids have participated. The workshop culminates with an amazing 2 hour performance featuring both the Young Americans and local students. It is performed for family, friends and the general community at Los Alamitos High School! Learn more about how to participate on the Young Americans page under the Programs menu.
- After School Enrichment – classes take place in two sessions (fall and spring) on campus at every school in Los Al USD. Over 100 classes are running at any given time with over 1,000 participants. Check out the After-School Enrichment page under the Programs menu.
- LAEF provides scholarships for SEI and Afterschool programs to qualifying students (currently receiving free and reduced lunch or other quantifiable needs).
What are LAEF's goals?
Sustainable Funding Sources
- Build corporate support program through cause marketing, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities
- Increase grant support through community, family, corporate foundations, and applicable local, state and federal grants
- Partner in and/or host community wide events
Expanded Enrichment Programs
- Every changing and cutting edge after-school classes for Elementary
- Additional after-school classes for Middle and High School
- Additional and expanded SEI classes and summer activities.
Increase Financial Support to the Los Alamitos Unified School District
- Continue funding the district-wide STEAM Initiative.
- Continue teacher intervention grants.
- Support new program initiatives via LAEF's Ignite Fund.
- Reduce district overhead through fees paid for use of building, maintenance and infrastructure costs.
Community Engagement and Support
- Provide an annual newsletter/report summarizing LAEF's work and impact
- Provide monthly communication to families via electronic school newsletter and website
- Share student education experiences and activities through LAEF’s interactive website and social media pages
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