Your Gifts Make a Difference to Our Students!
Annual Fund Drive (AFD)
The AFD raises general operating funds that close the gap between what we receive from the State and what it costs to run PCS’s acclaimed program. About 15% of PCS’s income every year comes from the AFD. A few of the important things that your gifts to the Annual Fund Drive support are:
- Small class size. Other public high schools in California have as many as 37 students in each class. At PCS class size is capped at 24 students, with many classes ranging between 10-16 students. It takes additional teachers and funding to lower class size from the State mandate.
- Supportive & welcoming environment. PCS dedicates several full time staff positions, and a variety of special services in support of students’ transitions to PCS and their years at PCS.
- Visual and Performing Arts and Foreign Languages. Part of its core curriculum and educational philosophy, PCS maintains a broad variety of visual and performing arts classes including music, chorus, drama and art, and a wide variety of foreign languages including Spanish, Latin, Chinese, and French.
- Full time college counselor. PCS’s college counselor helps high school students and their families strategize their college application approach, navigate the college admissions process, and find the best fit for PCS graduates.
- Annual salary increases for faculty and staff is one of the best way to retain beloved teachers and staff, and to attract outstanding new ones when vacancies arise. Annual increase also help PCS stay competitive with other junior and senior high schools in the Santa Cruz City School District.
- Rent payments. Charter schools, unlike traditional public schools, do not by law have equitable access to facilities or facilities funding, and must pay for facilities with general operating funds. While the Pacific Collegiate Foundation owns the new building, PCS pays annual rent payments equal to the Foundation’s annual loan payment.
Specific, Targeted Gifts
These types of gifts have a very meaningful impact on PCS’s students. Each year PCS identifies needs that arise for our students that present specific opportunities; we invite support for administrative chosen projects from a range of funders – foundations, businesses, and individuals.