The Los Pen Academy Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to provide additional learning and life skills to elementary aged students within the Poway Unified School District and surrounding areas, who face economic, social, emotional and physical challenges in the home, regardless of race, gender, religion or other factors to enable them to rise above their current situations to set and achieve their goals. We do this by providing them a safe and nurturing venue in which to learn and achieve higher academic success than they would otherwise, while teaching the leadership, emotional strength and self confidence skills that will carry them through a life time.

The Los Pen Academy Foundation supports these efforts through the Los Pen Academy No Excuses University and funds activities that enhance and support that environment, such as fieldtrips, cell phones for teachers so that students may call their teachers for help with homework , hands-on project learning, additional instruction in Language, Math and Science, as well as family and individual support.

Past and Present Community Partners

Echo Pacific Construction
San Diego Women’s Foundation
Todd and Mary Gutschow Family Foundation
The Jacob Best Foundation
Maurice J. Masserini Charitable Trust
San Diego City Firefighters Local #145

LPA Board Meetings (Open to all families and the public.  Meeting are held in Room 26 at 7.00 pm on second Thursday of the month.)

Message to new families from Foundation President:

Welcome to the Academy program at Los Penasquitos Elementary!

The Los Pen Academy Foundation (LPAF) Board is very excited to have you join our program.  As new Academy families you are also a member of LPAF.  This membership is an easy one as there are no dues to pay and no required participation.

The purpose and mission of the Los Pen Academy Foundation is to financially support the academic goals of the Los Penasquitos Academy.  As was stated at the information night you attended, the Academy is free for all to attend.  You will never be asked for tuition money or fees of any kind.  The program costs additional money to operate and does not pay for itself.  This is why the Foundation was created, to help with the financial burden of keeping the Academy operating.

The Foundation has a Board that meets monthly, currently 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month.  We actively seek grants and private donations and organize fundraisers for the community and our families.  All participation is completely voluntary and up to each family how they choose to participate.

If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions please contact us at

Again, welcome to the Academy family!


The Los Pen Academy Foundation is comprised of a volunteer board of directors. The board governs the organization, works with the Academy principal and staff to determine funding needs, sets the annual budget, oversees fundraising activities, and authorizes spending.

The current board begins soliciting persons interested in serving as directors in September of each school year.


President – Susan Yonezawa

Vice President – Vacant

Treasurer – Mabel Uyeda

Secretary – Paulette Blankenbeckler


Paul Brooks

Victoria Hernandez

Magesh Baba Shanmugam

Carlisa Schleef

Tara Luna

Jessica Mellor

Sandy Chen

Kellie Ames

Alfred Tsai

The Los Penasquitos Academy Foundation continues to work tirelessly to raise the necessary funding to support this valuable award winning program through grants, corporate donations, families and friends of the Academy. Our Academy is open to all students and we rely upon fundraising efforts and donations, whether or not you are able to donate will not in any way affects your child and their acceptance into the program.


In-person: You may send donations in an envelope to school at any time with your LPAF student. The teachers and or office staff will gladly collect the donation and forward it on to the LPAF Treasurer.    Postal Mailing: Send a donation in to LPAF by simply dropping your check or money order in an envelope to LPAF Treasurer, 14125 Cuca Street San Diego, CA 92129

For foundation donors or gifts from advised funds, please contact us directly via the information on the contact page.

Once received and deposited the LPAF Treasurer will send home/mail a tax donation receipt letter for your records.

Support the Academy now with eScrip!

Here’s How it Works    •  You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.   •  Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you.   •  It does not cost you anything! You  enroll once  and renew every year. That’s all.

For enrollment and further details please go to:

Continuous Fundraisers

Shop at Go to the Foundation website ( and click on the link.  You will be brought to your Amazon shopping page and 4% of your total purchase will be given to the Academy.

Recycling every Wednesday Send in your empty water bottles and soda cans and we will recycle them.

Vons ( Sign up online with eScrip and register your Vons Club Card   and then select The Los Penasquitos Academy Foundation as your school to receive donations (ID #500001825).

Ralphs ( If you are a NEW online customer, you must click in the Create An Account box.  Once you have your accounts set or if you are a returning customer, follow these steps. 1. Log in to 2. Click Sign In 3. Enter your email address and password 4. Click on My Account (In the top right hand corner) 5. Edit the Community Contributions box and select Los Penasquitos Academy #94735 as the school you want to support.

Candy Sales – Candy and other novelty items are for sale every Wednesday after school.

Donations from: Academy Families-It costs $550 per student to operate this program.  You can send in a donation or you can have your student sign the donation letter and mail it out to 20 different relatives or friends. Company Matching Programs- Many companies will match donations given by their employees. Corporations-Several companies make charitable donations each year and only need to be asked to give.  We will list all companies that donate to the Academy Foundation on our website

With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click the link below.