The Clayton Education Foundation was founded in 1995 by a dedicated group of parents and community members interested in enhancing the tradition of educational excellence, beyond what traditional tax dollars cover, for students attending Clayton Schools. While the Foundation was initially managed by a group of volunteers, the District realized the benefit for formalizing the Foundation. In 2009, a development director was hired and since then, a Board of Directors has been established to help in creating the vision for the Foundation. The Foundation is also the umbrella organization for the Alumni Association and funds various alumni events such as the annual Alumni BBQ and the Clayton Alumni Hall of Fame.

    During the 2011-2012 school year, the Clayton Education Foundation awarded $9,410 in grants to Clayton teachers. The Foundation looks for innovative, creative ideas that focus on all grade levels and in all curricular areas - academic, artistic, athletic, extracurricular, civic and character development and provide global, entrepreneurial and transformative opportunities for students and staff. We look for new ways to reach students that will create a lasting change in their learning experience. View the 2011-2012 grant recipients.

    Global signifies "stretching” minds through activities and opportunities for students to grow intellectually and emotionally beyond common boundaries to cultures, societies and events. Entrepreneurial signifies the willingness to take risks in investigating and exploring avenues of knowledge. Transformative signifies opportunities and experiences that will change the way students understand a concept or an opinion. Transformative experiences will vary with individuals.

    The mission of the Clayton Education Foundation is to raise and distribute private funds to assist the School District of Clayton in maintaining and enhancing its tradition of educational excellence.


    • Enhance opportunities for students and teachers
    • Provide a permanent avenue for gifts from alumni, parents, staff and members of the community.
    • Develop a structure for funding designated projects.

    The Clayton Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Gifts may be made in the form of cash, check, stock or credit card. To donate, you can mail your check to the Clayton Education Foundation, #2 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO 63105 or donate online.

    Gifts may be made in tribute or in memory of individuals. Please note with your contribution the name of the person you are honoring. An acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to whomever you designate if you include their name and address as well.

    The Clayton Education Foundation also benefits from matching gift programs. If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, please request a matching gift form from your employer and enclose it with your donation.

    To request more information on the Clayton Education Foundation, please contact:

    Karen McBride
    Communications Specialist
    (314) 854-6014