The San Marino Schools Foundation (SMSF) is a California non-profit organization founded in 1980 to provide financial support to the San Marino Unified School District for its four schools Carver Elementary, Valentine Elementary, Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School. In 2016-17, SMSF raised over $2.5 million to provide salaries for over 20 full time teachers.
Throughout its 38-year history, community generosity has allowed the Foundation to provide over 48 million dollars benefiting the students of the San Marino Unified School District. The Foundation serves as a vital conduit between our community and the School District to raise private funds and deploy these to their highest and best use.
San Marino’s schools are the hallmark of our city. Generations of students have passed through our District’s classrooms, then to college and on to later success. San Marino’s civic reputation and strong real estate market have continuously risen in part on the extraordinary quality of its public schools, with many families choosing San Marino specifically for the excellent education their children will receive. We are justifiably proud of our public schools, and are very thankful for the foresight and generosity of those who have preceded us.
For the San Marino Schools Foundation our community’s children are our first priority. Today, our students compete for college and life opportunities with others both nationally and internationally. Continuing to achieve academic excellence and provide advantages to our children in the current public school funding climate is a constant challenge. With government education funding both insufficient and uncertain, our community must reliably step forward each and every year to “close the gap.”
The Foundation focuses the support and resources of San Marino’s parents, residents, businesses and community organizations directly to the place that makes the biggest impact on our children: hiring additional teachers. Donations to SMSF helps fund, on average, 6 teachers at each school site, teachers the District would not have been able to retain otherwise. This results in smaller class sizes and broader, innovative curriculum offerings.