If I’m a PTSA member, do I need to volunteer?

 No. Any volunteering is greatly appreciated but not required.

What does my membership and donation money go towards?

A small portion of the money pays for:

  • NHS PTSA membership in the PTA 4th District, the California PTA and the National PTA (these dues are required in order for our PTA chapter to be in good standing).

Most of the money:

  • Supports PTSA programs such as guest speakers for students and parents, Reflections, Advocacy and events such as Registration, Back-to-School Night, Conference and Staff Appreciation Luncheons, Pride of the Pack Breakfast, and Grad Night.

  • Is gifted to the school for equipment and technology enhancements, a full-time health clerk, classroom supplies that benefit most students (laptops, document cameras, calculators, webcams, computer software, etc.) and much more.

What is “disaster preparedness”?

In the unfortunate event of a disaster, the school needs to be able to respond to any emergency that arises. PTSA supports the school by funding First Aid supplies, water, gloves, radios, batteries, flashlights, emergency kits, etc. These items have expiration dates, therefore, it’s an ongoing cost to replenish expired items.

What do PTA, PTSA, IUSD, and IPSF stand for and what do they do?

Both PTA and PTSA are members of the National PTA, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that “prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.”

  • IUSD – Irvine Unified School District is comprised of 36 schools (elementary, middle and high schools) governed by the five members of the IUSD Board of Education . IUSD is the central administration office that oversees all the schools in the district.

  • IPSF - Irvine Public Schools Foundation is the only Irvine entity that can raise funds for all 36 schools of Irvine to support district-wide programs such as arts and music, instructional assistants, nurses, and much more.

What is the difference between PTA and IPSF? Should I donate to both?

Yes, please donate to both! Irvine’s PTA and IPSF are separate organizations that share one common goal: work with IUSD to ensure excellence in education.

Below is a summary of the difference between PTA and IPSF and their contribution:



raise funds for individual school. Northwood High School PTSA:

  • Supports various programs such as Reflections (creative arts), Advocacy (students trip to Sacramento to meet government officials), Career Lunch Speakers for students, and educational presentations for parents.

  • Gifts NHS classroom supplies and equipment (laptops, calculators, video cameras, dictionaries, webcams, MP3 players and headphones, and much more).

  • Provides funds for health and disaster preparedness supplies and           supplemental funding to maintain a     full-time health clerk.

  • Runs the Student Store (open M-F during lunch), selling healthy lunchtime snacks, drinks, and spiritwear.

  • Organizes Grad Night.

  • Provides lunch to staff during conference and Staff Appreciation weeks.

  • Helps NHS during Registration, Back-to-School night, Pride of the Pack Breakfast, 8th Grade Family Night, etc.



raise funds for all schools in the Irvine Unified School District. IPSF:


  • Aids in class size reduction by granting funds for staff expenses, such as salaries for instructional assistants, music specialists in K-3, high school athletic trainers, and a district-wide nursing position.

  • Provides grants to teachers to implement innovative teaching methods and technology.

  • Works with corporate sponsors to help fund STEAM-related programs such as the IUSD Science Fair, Donald Bren Honors Concert and the Middle School Career Conference.

  • Provides quality cost-efficient programs such as Summer Enrichment Academy, Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE), and Instrument Rental.

  • All donations to IPSF are eligible to be matched by the City of Irvine.


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