Palos Verdes Education Foundation

The Palos Verdes Education Foundation raises money to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in meeting its funding requirements to assure continued excellence in our local public schools. Help us reach our goal of $3.4 million this 2014-15 school year! Donate today.

Palos Verdes Education Foundation History & Mission

The Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) raises money to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in meeting its funding priorities, in partnership with other groups, to assure continued excellence in our local public schools.

As you continue to read below, you will find links to upcoming events being held by the Palos Verdes Education Foundation, a map based search engine showing you Palos Verdes homes for sale around the various elementary and intermediate schools as well as resources to get more information on school rankings

PEF was founded in 1979 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation with a leadership gift of $50,000 from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.  The purpose of PEF was to raise money to palos verdes education foundationmaintain, provide and enhance vital education programs in the PVPUSD after Proposition 13 cut California State funding to all public schools in 1978.  Up until the early 1970′s, school funding was heavily based on local property tax revenue, until a law suit was filed asserting that inequitable distributions to the schools were occuring throughout the state. The California Supreme Court took away local control of school funding and gave it to the state in 1979. The legislature established base funding for every district. Due to the PVPUSD’s fiscally conservative spending at that time, it was deemed a “low-wealth”school district, which means it receives less than the state average in per-pupil ADA (average daily attendance) funds.

In 1978, Proposition 13 passed, which limited property tax revenue, and school funding was severely altered. Since then, there has been a significant gap between what PVPUSD receives from the state and what it takes to educate the approximately 12,000 students in the district. PEF seeks to bridge this gap.

The majority of annual donations come from an annual giving campaign of parents and local businesses; major donors who give $2,500 or more; and the annual Main Event auction and dinner dance. Over the past five years, PEF has doubled its giving to the PVPUSD in order to help with drastic state budget cuts that started in 2007. Currently, $1.5 million of the $3.4 million pledge is allocated to saving teachers’ jobs and keeping class sizes smaller than would be possible with state funding alone. The remaining $1.9 million of the pledge supports educational programs such as elementary classroom and choral music and technology programs for robotics and engineering called PVIT and SMERT. For a complete list see What Does PEF Fund?

For the 2014-2015 school year, the Board voted to allocate additional funds to expand a structured P.E. program to include grades K-2nd. The unprecedented pledge of $3.4 million also includes funding to add an additional counselor at each high school and funds to match Honda’s $75,000 grant to add a STEM program at each elementary school.

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Upcoming FUNd raising events by the Palos Verdes Education Foundation

Palos Verdes Homes for sale within 1/2 mile of Palos Verdes intermediate schools and 1/4 mile of Palos Verdes elementary schools

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Here are some of the businesses that support the Palos Verdes Education Foundation

AMUSE the Palos Verdes Music Center 

AYSO Region 10 

Beach Cities Volleyball Camps 

Body Glove Camps 

John Edwards Dance Lessons 

Jack Kramer Tennis Club 

Kids Music ‘N Motion 

Palos Verdes Performing Arts: Camp Curtain Call 

The Ocean Institute in Dana Point 

Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club 

Palos Verdes Surf Camp 

Peninsula School of Performing Arts 

Peninsula Sports Camps 

Pop Warner Football 

PVPUSD Kids’ Corner Summer Camp 

RHUMC Kid Zone Summer Camp 

Rolling Hills Little League 

Spring Training Sports 

United Studios of Self Defense 



Campus Connections College Admissions Counseling 

Chyten Tutors 

College Admissions Counseling Associates 

CollegeWise College Counseling 

Education Sage 

Finance 4 Kidz   

Lindamood-Bell Learning Systems 

Peninsula Academy Tutoring 

South Bay Chinese School  

Study Hut Tutoring 

Valmonte Early Learning Academy (VELA) 



23rd Street Jewelers 

Citizen Watch Co. 

Energy Muse Jewelry 

French Kande 

Medawar Fine Jewelers 

Morgan’s Jewelers 



The Aesthetic Center at South Bay Family Medical    

The Bar Method Studio 

Burke Williams Spa 

Coreology Fitness 

Eye Treatment Center Optical 

Palos Verdes Dermatology 

Dr. David Bray Facial Plastic Surgery  

Dr. Mark Oseas, D.D.S 

Dr. Christine Petti/ Aesthetic Accents- Spa Bella 

Poppi Boutique 

Dr. Scott Rees, D.D.S 

Schatan Optical Gallery   

Smith’s Cycles 

Stroh Orthodontics 

Tikkun Skin Care 

Trotter Orthodontics 

Truth Fitness & Health 

The Village Runner

Dr. Chanel Weiderkehr, D.D.S  



Security Benefit / The Galeb Group

Lisa Detanna / Raymond James 

Enright Premier Wealth Advisors 

ScholarShare: California’s 529 College Savings Plan 



Alfredo Garcias

Babycakes Baking Co. 


Blaze Pizza 

Cafe Pacific at Trump National Golf Club 

Chez Melange Restaurant 

Darren’s Restaurant

The Depot Restaurant 

El Pollo Inka / Inka Wasi 


Hostaria Piave

Mama Terano 

Marmalade Cafe 

Dining at Terranea

Ortega 120 

Palos Verdes Grill

P.V. Golf Club 

Red Car Brewery 

Riviera Mexican Grill 


The Strand House 

Szechwan Gourmet Chinese 

Veggie Grill 



CMS Design Portraiture 

Bo Struye PV Wedding Photos 



CEK Interior Design 

Lesal Ceramics 

Palos Verdes Florist 



Pacific Coast Advertising

The Promotions Department

Walkthrough Productions



Dave Dickey K-9 Kindergarten
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Terranea Resort 

Robinson Helicopter


Malaga Bank


Trump National Golf Club 

Northrop Grumman  

PVP Transit Authority 

Kashi Organization, Inc. 

PVP Association of Realtors 

Face to Face Wine Imports, Inc./ Lloyd Kasman 

Ernst & Young 


Continental Development 

Southern California Edison 

Green Hills Memorial Park 

Marymount California University 

Vector USA 

Cox Communications 


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya Ruud and Romo 

The Promenade on the Peninsula



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