Support Our Mission

This is a crucial time for education in the U.S. Because of recent budget cuts and other restrictions, Missouri public schools, in general, are underfunded. Charter schools have been hit even harder, as funding options for charters are more limited. Charters must rely on fundraising and financing for all major renovations and expansions. Over the past 10 years, Académie Lafayette has worked diligently to raise funds to purchase and expand a second campus because of its growing student population, but the needs continue. There are many ways to support our mission; learn more and/or donate below.


Fundraising Opportunities

Lend your support for Académie Lafayette by taking part in some of our fundraisers.

Musketeer March

Musketeer March, the school jog-a-thon, is held the second Friday in May. Students secure donations by asking friends and family to support them as they run/walk/jog/skip around a pre‑set course.

Support a student

The new Missouri Science Standards — the first updated science standards in more than 15 years – are being implemented now in Missouri. Our science teachers are ready — but our classrooms are not. We need new test tubes, beakers, and scales. Sharing is great — but one microscope for an entire class? Our students need challenging field trips. We need new textbooks and online resources. This is our Fund-A-Need this year. Use the PayPal button to make a direct donation to our school that will bring our science classrooms into the 21th century!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support Académie Lafayette every time you shop. When you shop at, you’ll find the same prices and selection, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Académie Lafayette. Be sure to select Académie Lafayette as your charitable organization before you begin shopping.


Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is held every year typically beginning in November. Its purpose is to raise unrestricted funds for the school through voluntary donations. The Annual Fund uses a combination of direct mail, email, and social media to request funds from our stakeholders including current parents, alumni, community members, grandparents, and members of the Board of Directors. Because Académie Lafayette is a 501(c)3, all donations to the Annual Fund are tax deductible.



The raffle is held in the fall at the beginning of the school year. Typically the raffle lasts eight weeks. Tickets cost $5 each. They can be purchased online or from an Académie Lafayette student. A drawing to determine the winner is held at a fall school event. The winner is announced on social media and the school website.

In 2016, AL 8th grader Isabella Dougherty was awarded the Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Award for selling raffle tickets.

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Foundation Grants

In addition to securing unrestricted funds to support the school’s operating budget, we also request grants from foundations to support specific projects. Examples of these include: grants to pay for Smart Boards, the Oak auditorium renovation, the IB Middle Years Program, the Outreach Program, and capital projects for the nurses’ office, including washer dryers and new beds.

PTSO Fundraisers

The support of our Parent Teacher Student Organization is one of AL’s most valuable assets. See the Académie Lafayette PTSO website for more information.
Evening in Paris

This annual spring party is AL’s largest fundraising event. Get tickets below, or check out the EIP website for more information on this year’s event.

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Holiday Art Market

Get involved with a fun, seasonal market featuring homemade wares for the holidays. Monies raised support the AL playground fund.

Learn more

Trivia Night

This January event draws teams with themed tables, food, costumes, and a competitive bent. Compete in the 7th annual AL Trivia Night in January 2018.

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Why Fundraise?

All public schools are underfunded.

State budget restrictions have left Missouri public schools underfunded by more than $600 million. Read more about Missouri’s Budget here.

Académie Lafayette costs more to operate than a traditional public school.

For the same number of grades, we have more teachers because we have a full department of English teachers, plus Spanish and Mandarin teachers. Our international teachers require visas and we provide both English and French materials for libraries and classrooms. Our sponsor, University of Central Missouri, provides vital support and oversight; however, we are required by state law to pay 1.5% of our revenue (up to $125,000) for these important services.


Charter schools have fewer funding options.

Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools cannot raise funds for major renovations or expansions through tax increases or bond sales. We rely on fundraising and financing to build the extra classrooms at Cherry, install the new boiler at Oak and plan for a new secure entry at Oak.

Académie Lafayette provides a higher quality education and more services than other schools.

An education from Académie Lafayette gives our students many advantages:

  • 8th graders graduate fluent in French and English; conversational in Spanish or Mandarin
  • A safety net of services including full-time nurses, social workers, and special education teachers
  • School buses that pick children up at home, not the corner
  • Champion sports and robotics teams

Student & Parent Testimonials

Thank you to our sponsors!

Facts & Figures

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