How is MPCSD funded differently than most school districts in California?

  • There are two ways by which public school districts can be funded in California. Districts are either “state-funded” (a.k.a. “revenue limit”) or they are “community-funded” (a.k.a. “Basic aid”). MPCSD is a Community Funded (Basic Aid) District. As such, it is important to note that MPCSD does not receive additional funds as enrollment increases, unlike state-funded districts. The only way to meaningfully increase revenue in a community-funded district is to pass a parcel tax or seek donations.





    Increased Revenue Options

    State-Funded (Revenue Limit)

    A district whose base funding level--an amount guaranteed by the state--is not met by local property tax alone. State is required to provide additional funds to achieve the guarantee. Funding is provided according to “average daily attendance” and enrollment.

    Redwood City SD Ravenswood SD

    San Mateo-Foster City SD

    San Carlos SD

    San Bruno SD

    Pacifica SD

    Millbrae SD

    State Funding

    Enrollment Increase

    Daily Attendance Increase

    Parcel Tax



    (Basic Aid)

    A district whose base funding level--an amount guaranteed by the state--is met and often exceeded by local property tax. The state does not provide any additional funds to meet guarantee. Funding is not determined by attendance or enrollment.

    Menlo Park City SD, Sequoia UHSD, Palo Alto SD, Las Lomitas SD, Portola Valley SD, Woodside SD, Hillsborough SD, Los Altos SD

    Property Tax Increases

    Parcel Tax

    Donations (including Educational Foundations)

    Enrollment Decreases (As enrollment decreases, there is more money per student.)