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.





Our charge this year...to provide $4.5 million to our six public schools.  How do we do this? With your help! No matter the amount of the donation, every dollar makes a difference to our students and teachers. 


THE SUGGESTED DONATION FOR 2021-22 is $1500 per student.

  • All donations at any level are appreciated and make a difference in your student's education.
  • Become a Major Donor with a minimum total contribution of $5,000 or more per family.
  • Have a Business in this community? Consider becoming a Business Partner and have your contribution count for both your student and your business!


LPIE at Lafayette Elementary

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


School Staff

  • Instructional aides in each classroom
  • Library staff in each school's library
  • Music teachers providing general music for all TK-3rd graders, general music and instruction to instrumental music for 4th graders, and instrumental and choral music instruction for 5th graders.
  • Science lab teachers providing both hands-on science and nonfiction literacy
  • PE specialists at all school sites
  • Tech specialist rotating among schools providing needed technical support
  • Psychology interns


LPIE Instruction

  • LPIE Art, Science, and Social Studies units provided by LPIE instructors
  • Science and Art Fairs
  • Music aides to support 5th graders learning new instruments


Site Support

  • Classroom supplies and books
  • Supplies for physical education,  music, science,  reading lab, library, outdoor classroom, and more
  • Technology for students and teachers
  • Teacher training and development for strengthened curricular delivery
  • Principal fund for site-specific support at each school

Meet the 2021-22 LPIE LES Co-Chairs:

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).


Trish Emerson and Laura Wehrley


LPIE Instructor videos

During Shelter in Place, our LPIE Teachers created a repository of learning videos. Feel free to view and use them with your kids!



About LPIE


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 over 37 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 2016-2017 school year, LPIE raised a record $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

Since 1980, 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 $40 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.




Last updated: Aug 8, 2021