We are excited to be leading LPIE's efforts at LES! We welcome the chance to answer any questions you may have or simply to brag about the wonderful things LPIE is providing our kids. Please feel free to contact us for more information (contact information available in Directory).


– Laura Wehrley lbwehrley@gmail.com and Kate Scharf kateescharf@gmail.com, LPIE 2022-23 LES Co-Chairs



LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by a volunteer board and small staff, 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. For more information visit www.lpie.org.


Donate Now



Our charge this year...to raise $4.1 million for our six public schools. How do we do this? With your help! The SUGGESTED DONATION for 2022-23 is $1,850 per student.


Our goal is for 100% of Lafayette school families to participate - at whatever amount works for them. Every dollar makes an impact! 


Major Donors ($5,000+) receive special recognition and benefits as champions of Lafayette public schools.



LPIE provides over $2 million in funds for our four elementary schools that cover:


  • Instructional aides in each classroom

  • A full-time counselor at each campus

  • A credentialed science specialist at each school

  • Weekly music and art instruction

  • Specialized instructors such as garden and reading aides

  • Books for libraries and classrooms

  • Classroom funds and supplies.




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.


Since its inception more than 40 years ago, LPIE has provided funds for instruction in art, music, writing, science, and social studies. Today LPIE has more than 120 volunteers, over 100 classroom instructors, a full time executive director and a small office staff. 


Why We Exist


Current 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.


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 ignite their dreams.



Last updated: July 23, 2022