About

The Oak Park Education Foundation (‘FRIENDS’), is a non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)3 status. We are dedicated to providing the Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) with additional private funding to supplement increasingly limited public funding. By working with dedicated parents and generous business partners in Southern California, we raise money to support educational programs that would not otherwise be funded.

When economic times are tough, School Districts throughout the State of California must rely on their Education Foundations to help supplement school funding. In many cases, these Education Foundations provide programs that would not otherwise be offered by their districts. Isn’t it great to have “Friends”? In the past nine years, the Oak Park Education Foundation has contributed almost $1,200,000 in funding support that reaches all of the students in our district.

Did you know that our local property taxes only provide about 1/3 of the funding for our schools in Oak Park? The bulk of the funding comes from the State of California. We all know that funding to the schools in our state has been significantly reduced and we believe this to be a trend for at least the next few years; meaning we face a continuing negative effect the financial situation for our schools.

More than ever, we need your help, and your contributions!


One of the valuable programs that Friends of Oak Park Schools currently funds is a Science Specialist Program, which has helped us retain, enhance and create the following:

  • Outdoor Elementary and Middle School education trips, including Catalina and Santa Cruz Islands
  • Enhancement of the OPUSD Sustainable Gardens Project
  • Middle and High School Robotics and Solar Car Programs
  • Middle and High School Jazz Band Program
  • Middle and High School Marching Band Program
  • Middle and High School Summer School Program
  • Marine Science Program
  • Odyssey of the Mind District Wide Competition

Our School District is something that defines the community of Oak Park. As the foundation donations grow, the additional innovative program support will grow as well.

Over 98% of our graduating seniors continue on to college. This accomplishment speaks volumes about our student’s commitment and the district’s accomplishments.

Please help us retain this successful tradition of enhancing the educational excellence with a contribution to Friends of Oak Park Schools’ annual fund campaign. Your financial support is for our next generation of decision makers and leaders.

Thank you in advance for your continued support…it always helps to have “Friends!”