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SEF News

Dream Big! Do you remember when you were young and wondered what you would do in the world when you grew up? Choosing a career has always been a daunting prospect but in today's fast changing and increasingly complex world the choices ahead are becoming more difficult to fathom. On Sunday February 4 at 1pm, 2018 SEF will be hosting a panel discussion at the McAfee Center with industry leaders to talk about what your child can do to fulfill their dreams. It will be a chance to ask questions and explore ideas that could inspire students for their journey from elementary through high school and beyond. See how some students think about this in our brief video! Click here for more information and to register.

A reminder for those parents who have still yet to donate, we are still 20% short of our goal for the academic year. Please consider making a donation and don't forget to take advantage of any matching funds available via your employer.

About SEF

Established since 1982, SEF has been an integral part of the success in maintaining the standards of the Saratoga Union School District (SUSD) making it one of the most desirable school districts in the US with excellent ratings based on school test results. SEF is a collective parental effort, entirely volunteer-run, independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization bringing excellence to our schools with enriched programs that helps to give every student a well rounded education. Our approach ensures that nearly 100% of your donations go directly to our students’ school programs. We are grateful to the Saratoga community including all of the principals, teachers, families and local small businesses whose support makes possible high quality educational programs for each of our students.

Tax-deductible donations from parents like you make up the vast majority of SEF funding and benefit every child in our school district. We also receive donations from local businesses and community members. Please help continue the education programs SEF provides for every child during the school day. If you sent your child to private schools in the area, for K-8 kids the costs are typically over $26,000 per annum. We ask for a tiny fraction of this sum ($1000 per student) to provide programs that are educationally enriching and highly competitive. In order to fund our programs, we need all parents to make a contribution.

Delivery of SEF's grant

Last year's presentation of SEF's grant to SUSD. Pictured here from left to right are Tamami Honma (SEF President), Karin Colinet (last year's SEF VP of Communications), Nancy Johnson (SUSD Superintendent), and Amelia Shen (SEF Treasurer).

SEF kids

SEF's Mission

Every school year there is inadequate state funding for California schools (including the Saratoga Union School District) for programs such as music, art, computer instruction, PE, and science. Saratoga Education Foundation's mission is to ensure that our children are nurtured with high quality educational coverage of these areas. By raising funds from our families we help support programs targeted at these subjects. In 2016 SEF granted $795,025 for the current academic year 2017-18. With changing demographics, rising costs, and new priorities, SEF's mission to maintain current programs has become more challenging but with the power of the force on our side - energized by your donations! - we can rise above adversity to reach the stars.

SEF Explained (in just 3 minutes!)

Schools Supported By SEF Funding


SEF Teachers

SEF funds the salaries for the teachers and aides in various programs in the 3 elementary schools (Argonaut, Foothill, and Saratoga) and Redwood Middle School as follows:

In our elementary schools

  • 1 Art Teacher
  • 1 Instructional Technology Teacher
  • 2 Music Teachers
  • 3 PE Teachers from Rhythm & Moves Program
  • 3 Science Aides
  • In our middle school

      1 Art Docent Coordinator
    • 3 STEM Teachers as part of Project Lead the Way