Laurence Fund


What is the Laurence Fund?

The Laurence Fund is our year-long annual giving campaign, which begins every October. Gifts to the Laurence Fund are earmarked for the current school year's operating expenses and make up the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of running the school. Laurence Fund dollars are critical as they enable us to enrich the lives of our students and faculty. Read on to learn how your important donation dollars protect our most important assets—our children!


What Your Giving Supports

Curriculum

Curriculum Development & Individualized Learning
Your Laurence Fund dollars directly impact our ability to create cutting-edge academic programs with a focus on individualized learning. In the past year alone, we have instituted new innovative programs, smaller class sizes with improved teacher-to-student ratios, flexible-ability learning groups in math and reading, and superior tools to prepare our students for the middle school placement process.

Faculty

Recruiting, Retaining & Educating the Best Faculty

A Laurence education is only as strong as the educators who bring our unique “Total Child” style of learning to life. To create the best possible learning environment for our students, each classroom has two credentialed teachers.

In order to attract fully-credentialed faculty members and specialists with both classroom experience and high-level degrees, we utilize the Laurence Fund to provide our best and brightest with competitive compensation and benefits.

We also use this money to support professional development, allowing teachers to keep their fingers on the pulse of national education trends.

Technology

21st Century Skills

Laurence is committed to staying at the forefront of technological innovation, enabling our students to work more efficiently and effectively, expanding their sources of information, and preparing them for the rigors of the modern world.

Laurence Fund dollars help us to continually update and upgrade our Technology Center, where students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade engage in projects using educational, graphic design, presentation, and coding software, Apple computers, 3-D printers, robotics kits, and more. The tools in the Technology Center also support our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) program, which is integrated through the curriculum.

Support for the Laurence Fund also provides our students with extensive classroom iPad and laptop programs, allowing the children to access a multitude of online educational resources during lessons. Students and faculty alike benefit from learning and teaching in innovative and engaging ways.

Enrichment

Engagement through Enrichment

Beyond traditional classroom learning, Laurence's curriculum includes a robust enrichment program that is supported by the Laurence Fund. Art, music, drama, and athletics are a part of students' regular school day program, while electives and after school classes provide additional opportunities for students to explore interests and develop their talents.

Our curriculum also includes programs designed to develop well-rounded, thoughtful, caring children who understand multiple perspectives, are proactive leaders, and become caring citizens. These programs include: Represent the "L" Character Education & Service Learning Program; Global Garden Educational Program; Environmental Education; and Kids' Court.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017-2018 DONORS!

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Dana Ackerman
Jessica Alva
Marlon Angeli
Liz Beck and David Birnbaum
Kelly and Jonathan Bock
Jeannine Brager
Amy and Cory Bronson
Lauren Bruns
Kevin Butler
Claudia Cadena
Maria Calvo
Lauren Cantrell
Natalie and Rafael Carbunaro
Jose Castellanos
Mary and Jay Chen
Christina Chiu
Dana Kasha-Cohen and Randy Cohen
Lena Crossman
Claire Daley
Meredith Davis-Williams ('91)
Erin and Scott Dolkart
Hillary Duff
Marlon Espino
Anne-Marie and Adam Esser
Erin Fraser
Amy and Adam Friedman
Noelle and Alvin Galstian
Xylene Garcia
Brittany Geller
Michelle and Scott Gertz
Sharon Green
Andrea and Chad Harris
Cat Zusky and Eric Hogenson
Jamie and Greg Holden
Temo Javalois
Goli and Nader Kamangar
Beth and Mark Kaplan
Michelle and Kevin Kim
Jennifer and Christian Koch
Jennifer Kovacs
Sarah and Jason Kranitz
Heidi Segal and Eric Krautheimer
Sue and Steve Kroopnick
Cyntoria Lampkin
Jena Laolagi
Rachel MacFarlane and Spencer Laudiero
Sophia Whang and Robert Lee
Jennifer Levin
Sarah Levine
Melissa Levinsohn
Stacy Marble and Matthew Levy
Mollie Lief
Iris and Michael Lifrak
Yoorie Lu
Ariel and Brad Margolis
Rachel McKinney
Kimberly Milman
Stefanie Schwartz Mendelsohn and Brad Mendelsohn
Michelle J. Morris
Maggie Muir
Nanda and Raman Muthusamy
Steven Nairin
Keegan Nordan
Danielle Pelland and Jeff Norskog
Ashley and Scott Pease
Julie Bowen and Scott Phillips
Margie O'Rourke
Dana Oakley
Joyce Prescott
Brian Recker
Bernard Redmond
Gina Rifkin
Robert Romano
Eric Ross
Tanika Schliebe
Samantha Schotz
Schuyler Schweimer
Jesse Servin
Shawn Shahmiri
Lisa and P.J. Shapiro
Benjamin Sheridan
Marco Siliezar
Liz Silverman
Alexandra Meneses Simpson and John Simpson
Jenny and Jay Sonbolian
Carlos Soto
Kelly and Larry Spinks
Jennifer Bott and Burr Steers
Kimberly Marciano-Strauss and Evan Strauss
Sandy Stone
Linda and Ken Suslow
Brittany Thompson
William Tobar
Gamze and David Trygstad
Alina and Armen Vartany
Rebekah Wagner
Melissa Walkes
Sharon Walter-Goldsmith and Lee Goldsmith
Aimee Ward
Marisa Wedemeyer
Andrew Weiner
Wendy Wolin
Laurie and Michael Wolke
Agnes and Jason Woo
Chase Woolner
Emily Zitin
Carole Zwikel


Giving Levels

  • Jacobson Founder's Circle
    $25,000 and above
  • Leadership Circle
    $15,000 - $24,999
  • Lightning Circle
    $10,000 - $14,999
  • Secret Garden Circle
    $5,000 - $9,999
  • Head of School Circle*
    $3,500 - $4,999
  • 1953 Circle
    $1,500 - $3,499
  • Friends of Laurence
    $500 - $1,499
  • Red, White, Blue & Green Club
    Up to $499

*Donors who give at the Head of School Circle or above are invited to our annual Donor Appreciation Party.