Thank you for making a direct and immediate impact to your community with every donation you make to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. The results of your continued support are tremendous.
Schools are measured by student achievement, and communities are measured by their schools. Thanks in large part to your donations, Lake Oswego students are excelling in all subjects across all grades, as measured by growth and achievement scores of new state assessments. Our SAT and ACT scores and graduation rates are amongst the highest of all comparable districts. As a result, Lake Oswego schools continue to rank in the top of the state and the nation.
The foundation of student success begins with effective instruction. That’s why your contributions to the Foundation go solely to hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers in Lake Oswego schools. The roughly $1.5 million raised annually supports 17 teaching positions throughout the district every year. These teaching positions enable targeted instruction in core subjects and advanced course and elective offerings, as well as intervention resources to keep students on track.
Your Foundation donations are essential because Lake Oswego schools start with a deficit. How so? Your tax dollars are sent to the capital, which then redistributes them using a weighted formula to each student in the state. Consequently, Lake Oswego residents give more in taxes than our school district receives in educational funding. Specifically, Lake Oswego receives $932 less per student than the average district statewide.
The Foundation was created 30 years ago to protect the legacy of Lake Oswego schools despite budget shortfalls. Since then, our donors have given nearly $27 million and countless volunteer hours to ensure exceptional education in our public schools. Every gift you make to the Foundation contributes to more teachers educating our students.
Thank you for giving to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. Your generous donations make all the difference to our students and their teachers, resulting in excellent schools and a strong community.