The Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation

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About the foundation

The Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation was established in December of 2010 by community volunteers who sought a way to support local education in a coordinated, strategic manner. The Foundation targets community resources which would not have otherwise been involved in local schools, connecting individuals and businesses with the district’s visionary programs and initiatives. By partnering with the community, we raise the level of participation in our schools and increase funding for all students.

The Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation helps provide the resources and vision required for students to master the skills needed to contribute to society, be successful, and have a competitive advantage in the global economy. We are a key component to a continually thriving South County community and economy.

The Foundation for Innovation identifies and supports the most promising and innovative programs and practices that will allow our students to master 21st Century Learning Skills. We provide additional resources to ensure opportunities in technology, arts, foreign languages, and other 21st Century skills. We work in partnership with the district to create programs and practices of excellence that are innovative, high-impact, and results-oriented.


LMFI has invested $530,770 in 4 years

  • Central Coast New Tech High
  • Grover Beach Elementary School (International Baccalaureate Program)
  • Technology Fund grants to 7 schools:
    • Arroyo Grande High School
    • Lopez High School
    • Paulding Middle School
    • Nipomo Elementary School
    • Dana Elementary School
    • Oceanview Elementary School
    • Lange Elementary School
  • Art Initiative: high school art content & $1,000 in college scholarships
  • Professional development and community forums for teachers, parents & families

Our mission

Our mission is to engage, challenge, and inspire all of our children by partnering with the community to support educational innovation and excellence in the Lucia Mar School District. We pursue our mission by engaging in several programs and initiatives.

Our vision

Our vision is that our schools are places of excellence where our children learn the skills to be successful in the 21st century.


21st Century Skills

The Foundation will support the 21st century skills adopted by Lucia Mar Unified to provide our children with a high-quality education. The seven skills are:

  • Innovation, Imagination, and Creativity
  • Global Awareness and Second Language Skills
  • Technology Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Teamwork, Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Self-Direction


Our Goals

  • Foster the creation of model programs and themes at school sites to further 21st Century Skills development
  • Enhance students technology skills by providing computers, technology support, and internet access to all Lucia Mar students
  • Help students develop 2nd language skills by working with the District to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in learning a second language
  • Encourage creativity among our youth by working with the District to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in music, drama, and the visual and performing arts
  • Raise at least $500,000 annually in philanthropic funds to support Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation goals
  • Communicate our efforts to all constituencies in our community through social interaction and engagement
  • Develop and implement effectiveness measures for funds spent that hold the District responsible for the use of money to further students 21st Century skill development

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