Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Aragon Excellence Fund? Is it the only fundraiser at Aragon?

AEF is the only academic fundraiser at Aragon High School. It greatly enriches EVERY student’s academic experience and contributes to their academic success. There are other parent groups at the school that fund raise to support specific activities, like drama. However, only the Aragon Exellence Fund benefits EVERY Aragon student.

How much money should I give to AEF?

Our suggested donation is $750 per student, but any amount is welcome and greatly appreciated. Every gift counts. It all adds up! Some donors make a single donation, while others take advantage of our custom installment options to fit their budget.

Do you accept company matching funds?

Yes. The Aragon Excellence Fund is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, eligible to receive matching donations. Double your contribution  by asking your employer if they have a matching charitable gift program. To complete your employer’s matching donation form, you will need the following information:

Aragon High School PTSO, Inc.
Attn: Aragon Excellence Fund
900 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 558-2999, Fax (650) 558-2952
Our Tax ID number is 26-0186824.

Do you accept gifts of stock?

Yes. To make a donation of stock, please contact us.

What if we can’t give as much now but can give more later?

When you donate you have the option to make a single payment, or you can create a custom installment plan and spread your donation into easy monthly payments. To view payment options, click here.

How does the PTSO fundraise and what do they fund?

The PTSO is our Parent, Teacher, Student Organization.  AEF is a program of the PTSO.  The PTSO raises money through membership dues, eScrip, and and at events like the International Food Fair.  The PTSO uses their funds to award Student Scholarships and Staff Appreciation activities. Your AEF donation includes a PTSO Family Membership.

What about the Boosters (Athletic, Music, and Drama) and parent groups (Asian, Latino) Will we still have to donate to them?

Various Boosters groups and parents groups will ask for your support of $5 to $150. In exchange for your contribution, you may receive game passes, performance tickets, special parent/student lectures, etc. We hope you will consider supporting these special interest groups, as they provide invaluable experiences for students and parents.