At both of our outstanding high schools, PiE dollars help reduce electives class sizes by offering additional choices to help students find their passion, from engineering and music support, to biotechnology, hybrid online classes, and other exciting science and arts courses. Donations to PiE also pay for additional counselors, making counseling support more accessible to all students. And PiE pays for staffing to help improve College and Career advice, helping to staff programs that help college applications go smoothly and ensure college readiness for all students. Contributions to PiE also fund Paly and Gunn programs for incoming freshman, as well as outreach efforts for all.
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High School Fund Areas of Focus:
- Innovative Learning Programs: Compelling and practical electives focused on STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) such as graphic design, engineering and others, to spark students’ interests and build essential 21st century skills
- Student Guidance and Support: Counselors, mentors, and advisors to support social and emotional learning as well as academic guidance, to foster adult and student connections, and to help build student resilience
- College and Career Counseling: Advisors and resource programs that provide individual counseling to help all students choose among a variety of pathways to success and to plan wisely for the future
See the Specific Impact of PiE Funds at:
For the 2019-20 school year, generous donations to PiE have provided Gunn with $890,123 to pay for additional staffing that impacts every student at Gunn. These funds are used on our campus as follows:
- Innovative Learning Programs — PiE gifts help fund Gunn’s innovative BEAM program, Orchestra, Audio Production, and Broadcast Media. PiE dollars are funding Gunn’s science lab tech to ensure that all students have a great experience in lab science. By supporting these electives and programs, PiE donors help Gunn offer its students many opportunities to pursue and hone their interests, and reduces the class size in all electives classes
- Supportive Guidance Staff — Donations to PiE fund Gunn’s general counseling time, CASSY counseling, the Yes! program, SELF program, and Focus on Success.
- College and Career Counseling — PiE funds double the resources available to help students with college counseling and post-graduation pathways. PiE contributions to general counseling help make counselors available to support all students’ post-high-school plans
Your 2019-20 Gunn PiE Representatives are Sonya Bradski, Laura Wingard, Michelle Sun, Rose Gong, Annie Bedichek, Greta Gize Olbrich, Heewon Park, Lucinda Brommersma, Victoria Chang, and Audrey Gold. Questions about PiE? Please email them at gunn AT SIGN papie.org.
For the 2019-20 school year, PiE will provide Paly with $963,925, because of generous donations from parents and community members. Funds are allocated to key programs and staff to support all Paly students, including:
- PiE dollars fund a grade-level counselor, which makes it possible for one counselor to follow your student throughout their four years, and additional guidance support staff
- PiE funds support the College and Career Center providing two of the three College Advisors who help students with college counseling and learning about post-graduation pathways
- PiE dollars are spent on enhancing electives for students, including Theatre, as well as funding Science classes
- PiE dollars help support the Teacher Advisor program, reducing the number of students seen by each teacher. Teacher Advisors help with course selection, college advice and write college recommendation letters
- Paly’s Wellness and Support initiatives are funded by PiE including the YES! program, CASSY counseling, and the Wellness Outreach program
Your 2019-20 PiE Representatives are Kate Glasson, Sudeshna Raha, Elizabeth Olson, Kristina Vetter, Julia Yu Shao, Priya Balachandran, Colleen Gormley, Leena Sansguiri, Doug Hagan, Husna Hashmi, and Brette Hudacek. Questions about PiE? Please email them at paly AT SIGN papie.org.