Mission: The Redwood City Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of community volunteers and guided by a Board of Directors. The Foundation is committed to providing quality education to the 9,300 students in 15 schools throughout the Redwood City School District. The children of Redwood City School District come from varied cultures and economic backgrounds, residing in Redwood City, portions of Atherton, Menlo Park, San Carlos, Woodside and some unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. The school district's student population is 67% Hispanic with 50% of the district's students living at or below the poverty level. Many of these children have their only arts and music experience provided through the schools. All deserve a quality education. Research stresses the importance of arts education in helping all children succeed.
Programs: Music for learning program: rcef is the sole provider of classroom music education for all redwood city school district students in grades 2 through 5 at 12 schools. About 4,000 students participate in the program. Rcef provides supplemental funding for instrumental music for rcsd middle school students. Rcef directly supports the rcsd and they subcontract teaching, management and the purchase of instruments. The district's instrumental music program builds on the training students receive in grades 2 through 5, and prepares students for high school orchestra, band, and other music studies. The rcef is funding one of three teachers providing instrumental music instruction for 6th through 8th graders.
1,000 redwood city fifth graders spend an action-filled week at jones gulch, near la honda, exploring the natural environment and developing skills in science, mathematics, and language arts through the outdoor education program.
the purpose of smart grants is to bring innovation into the classroom in the areas of math, science, technology, and the arts. This program is managed by rcsd.
other programs included wellness and summer math. The wellness program focuses on promoting nourishment and physical fitness. The program encourages and teaches students healthy habits through nutrition education and physical activity so they may do their best at school and at home. The summer math institute is designed to prepare selected middle school students for algebra 1. Studies show that students who take algebra i by eighth or ninth grade are far more likely to take calculus in high school and pursue higher education than those who do not. At the institute, students develop mastery in fundamental concepts, improved study skills, and increased confidence in the area of mathematics. Additionally, the institute provides teachers the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors.
With our public schools constantly struggling with budget cuts, this organization has been key to ensuring that all students in the Redwood City School District have access to programs that would otherwise be eliminated. For example, district-wide music education and instrumental instruction has been saved because of funding from the RCEF. The foundation ensures that music is provided to 1st-5th grades with Kinder to be added in the near future. Instrumental music is offered for grades 6-8, preparing middle schoolers for high school Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band and String Orchestra. This year, through RCEF Smart grants, all district schools will have access for technology funding for hardware(iPads, Chrome Books), training and educational apps. Members on this all volunteer board work tirelessly for bettering educational opportunities in this very diverse and challenging district, and for them, we are grateful.