Friends of West Hollywood Elementary (FOWHE) was originally formed by a group of dedicated parents who believed that a public school education should include essential 21st Century programs not budgeted for by our school district, LAUSD.  With FOWHE’s support, West Hollywood Elementary has become one of the best public elementary schools in the State of California, with a ranking of 10 out of 10 for student test scores from the California Charter School Association, and it is recognized as a California Distinguished School.

FOWHE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization which supports the educational programs for our students at West Hollywood Elementary. FOWHE’s mission is to work in close partnership with the Principal, teachers and staff to promote and sustain a culture of academic excellence, student enrichment and personal growth, supported by a committed and resourceful team of parent volunteers, educators, and community leaders.


The funds raised by FOWHE pay for vital programs at out school, including: 8 TA’s (reducing student-teacher ratios and allowing for more focused engagement with students), as well as the arts (music, orchestra, dance, and visual arts) and other enrichment classes, a full-time certificated PE coach, field trips, assemblies, technology-based learning, as well as the extra support staff needed to facilitate and enrich student achievement and personal growth.


In 2018-2019, FOWHE raised more than $530,000, and this year our goal is to raise $550,000. This will allow us to continue to fund these critical support staff, programs and initiatives. In addition to relying upon our generous parent community, we annually apply for and are awarded various grants, and we work closely with both the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, to secure support from local businesses.


The Pledge Drive remains the most critical component of our fundraising efforts, representing approximately 60% of our annual fundraising. By giving to the Pledge Drive, you help provide West Hollywood Elementary with the resources to advance the school mission and create opportunities for all students to engage in a meaningful, rigorous, and well-rounded education.

Below are the recommended levels of giving, but please know that we are grateful for any amount you are able to contribute.


Platinum Level:  $10,000+

Gold Level:  $2,500 - $9,999

Bronze Level:  $1,000 - $2,499

Star Level:  $250 - $999

Friend Level:  $100 - 249