Investing in Academic Excellence (IAE)

  • A Sponsored Group Committee of the Student Activities Fund

    An expanded fundraising effort at El Cerrito High School
    is designed to carry on our school’s proud tradition of academic excellence.

    An opportunity to learn is the key reason students come to school every day and we want to ensure that every student has the best experience possible. IAE was established in 2010 at El Cerrito High School by parents, community members and staff members to raise funds to achieve academic excellence at ECHS. This generous community has become a critical part of El Cerrito High School’s ability to meet its future. 

    OUR VISION:  Investing in Academic Excellence aims to support the work of students and teachers in the classroom, and thereby benefit the community as a whole. IAE gives substantial support for educational curriculum and training, supplemental programs not regularly supported by the district, and durable educational equipment and materials to enable all students to excel. 

    We are an academic triage team that targets specific needs within the school. We apply funds  and our collective knowledge to better student outcomes.   

    We are parents and guardians of current students and we work with school administration to choose projects and complete them.  Everyone is welcome.  

    We’ve paid for counselors to return to school early to finalize school schedules, we’ve worked with the English department on curriculum alignment, we’ve hosted a series of college seminars for parents and students. We paid for underserved students to go to China.

    Academic Rigor:
    College Essay Writing for Seniors
    Spring College Seminars
    A.P. Review Sessions

    Student Enrichment:
    Funding Additional Equipment
    Buying Textbooks
    Sponsored Study Abroad Trips

    Teacher & Staff Excellence:
    Annual Teacher Excellence Awards
    Counselor Time

    School Climate & Culture:
    Supporting school-wide initiatives that build a positive culture
    Funding Student Leadership Through JMP

    Allison Torres, Sarah Rowell, David St. Jean and Eowyn Mader

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    We receive no money from the West Contra Costa School District.  All funds are raised from the community.  Investing in Academic Excellence is a subcommittee of the Student Activities Fund.

    Donations may be sent to

    P.O. Box 2396
    El Cerrito, CA 94530