SDA Foundation (SDAF) was founded in 1997 to support quality education programs, innovative classroom practices and support to over 43,000 students.

Our mission as a 501(c)3 non-profit is to collaborate to enrich every student’s SDA experience. We provide essential funding to ensure students have support programs and interventions that maintain SDA’s position as “The School of Choice.” Our belief is that every student benefits from the united efforts of parents, teachers, administrators, other students and community members working together to promote educational excellence.

Through donations and various fund-raising efforts throughout the school year, SDAF coordinates and supports SDA parent groups, teams and councils including Athletics, Academic, Grad Nite, Music, Theater Arts, the Alumni Association, Student Support Services, and our Veterans Advisory Committee operate under the non-profit umbrella of the SDA Foundation.


Kate Kousser, President
Jolene Alldredge, Vice President
Andy Bergen, Chief Financial Officer
Leslie Reeves, Secretary

Sarah Becker
John Corcoran
Tara Curley
Kristen Howerton
Stacey Kartagener
Chandra Perry
Kathy Urbanic
Dede Watson
Eugenia Welch

Frequently Asked Questions

The SDA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to support the unique culture and quality programs of San Dieguito High School Academy. We raise funds and organize events that enrich every student’s SDA experience. Our volunteer Board of Directors are parents who are also local community and business leaders.

The Foundation coordinates the fundraising and volunteer activities at SDA and also serves as an umbrella organization supporting the activities of the various Councils and Committees.

The councils act as booster groups, raising funds and providing volunteers to programs within the school including: Academic teams, Athletics, Grad Nite, Music, and Theatre Arts. Committees work with our Student Support Services, Veterans and Alumni.

The day-to-day administrative activities of the Foundation are managed by an Executive Director reporting to the Foundation Board of Directors.

The SDA Foundation is the biggest donor to the school. Contributions provide support to programs and activities that benefit every student on the SDA campus.

Mustang Fund  – Annual Appeal donations support the quality programs and unique culture of our school through grants to those projects which our principal, teachers and Foundation board designate as priorities.

Council DonationsSpecific council donations support curricular and extra-curricular activities such as Academic teams, Athletics, Music, Theatre, and Grad Nite, which is a safe and sober event for seniors.

The Foundation benefits ALL students at SDA. Your donation of time or money will touch every program and allow your child and their classmates to pursue their interests and passions.

The Foundation hosts a parent resource session at the beginning of the school year to introduce new families to SDA and explain the various ways that parents can be involved in high school life. Our Welcome Crew can answer questions and help your family feel connected.

The Foundation also funds the SDAF website to keep parents informed about school, supports the school’s weekly email, and provides curriculum support grants to teachers that benefit all SDA students.

There is a significant gap between state funding and what is needed to enrich your child’s educational experience. Your voluntary contributions help to close that gap.

The Foundation funds a Shared Vision program developed with Principal Camacho, including extended library hours, tutoring, enrichment programs, senior scholarships, artist in residence, assistant coaches, mini-grants and more. Parents also have the option to designate their funds to a particular department, program or activity. Your donations are not required but your support is appreciated and helps to maintain our tradition of excellence.

  • The Mustang student newspaper
  • Counseling and career training
  • After school tutoring
  • Science equipment
  • Link Crew for new students
  • SDA Garden
  • Technology and supplies for social sciences, world languages, math, arts, wood, auto and metal shop
  • On-line subscriptions for the library
  • Skateboard racks
  • And much, much more!

Parents also have the option to designate their funds to a particular department, program or activity.

There are several ways that you can support SDA – make a donation to help maintain our tradition of excellence, volunteer your time to help our school and teachers, or use your business network to connect our school and our students to the wider community.

To Donate: go to or email

To Volunteer: go to or email

To Connect: email or call the SDAF office at 760-753-1121 x5085