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School Donation

Despite our high property taxes, annual per-pupil funding in California’s public schools is significantly lower than the national average, and funding for our district (CUSD) is below the California average. Families at many CUSD schools are asked to make an annual donation to help to bridge the gap, usually between $500-1k+. The McAuliffe Parent Faculty Group (PFG) requests a specific amount each year, but all families are encouraged to donate whatever amount they feel they can afford. Many employers offer corporate matching and we welcome those donations as well. Funds raised make the following possible:

  • small staff-to-student ratio, as each classroom has one paid Instructional Assistant, in addition to parent aides
  • additional open hours for our school library, which is available to both parents and students
  • additional staff and student tech support
  • school-wide grants for additional teaching resources, and for beautification projects