Your tax dollars are working to provide excellent educational opportunities for all Lakeside students by:
Parcel Tax Information
Protecting core educational instruction in small class environments
At Lakeside, all of our teachers and instructional aides exceed the “Highly Qualified” designation set by the state. The average number of students per class at Lakeside is 17.8. In addition to the teacher, each class has an instructional aide to support small group and individual academic instruction.
Strengthening our highly qualified and dedicated instructional staff
Our staff received professional development in Project Based Learning, Art Inspiration and Educational Technology. These teacher training’s translate to increased opportunities for our students to learn in a more collaborative, student centered creative environment while developing their critical thinking and communication skills.
Providing updated computers and integrating 21st century learning
Through private corporate grants and donations from the Lakeside Community Foundation, the community continues to invest in the future by helping to provide the technological tools necessary to prepare our children for their future as successful students and contributing citizens.
Continuing to provide a comprehensive education for middle school students
Lakeside has developed a partnership with the Campbell Union School District and the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District whereby our sixth through eighth grade students currently attend middle school at either Rolling Hills or C. T. English. Lakeside families are able to select from these two highly rated, exceptional programs finding the best fit for their students and giving Lakeside students the opportunity to experience a robust middle school curriculum and environment.
Continuing to provide exceptional enrichment programs.
With the additional help of Lakeside Community Foundation and Lakeside PTA, Lakeside students receive supplemental enrichment programs including Orff Music, Theatre and Dance. Additionally, each child receives Physical Education twice a week from a P.E. Specialist. These valuable programs help provide a well-balanced curriculum that will continue to benefit the students through their educational journey beyond the Lakeside campus.
The District’s finances are well-managed with a General Fund budget of approximately 1.6 million dollars. The partnership between the Board and Lakeside teachers helps maintain a trusting, caring environment that focuses on the needs of students first. Skilled educators, a dedicated Board, and a supportive community are cornerstones to a solid foundation at Lakeside.
The Measure C independent citizen’s oversight committee has reported that all funds have been spent as promised. The Lakeside School District has been open and transparent about our voter-approved spending.
Parcel Tax Exemptions
What is the parcel tax?
On May 4, 2010, voters in the Lakeside Joint School District approved Measure C. As a result, each parcel owner within the District was taxed $311 per parcel each year for seven years. Measure C expires in May of 2017.
On March 7, 2017 Residents of the Lakeside Joint School District approved Measure A. Measure in a parcel tax of $647 per parcel and goes into effect beginning the 2017/2018 tax year. This parcel tax expires in 2025.
Specifically, these funds will be used to preserve high quality academic programs for elementary and middle school students, attract and retain high quality teachers, keep instructional programs up to date, and provide a safe, well maintained learning environment in our mountain community.
What optional exemptions are available?
The following annual exemptions will be granted upon application and verification:
Senior citizen exemption (65 years of age or older)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a disability
Non-taxed parcel exemption (parcels assessed at less than $2,000 will be exempted)
How do I apply for an exemption?
Simply complete the appropriate Exemption Application Form, and provide the necessary documentation as noted on the form by June 15 to receive an exemption for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Specific information regarding exemptions is available on the District’s website at www.lakesidelosgatos.org, or by calling the Parcel Tax Exemption Officer at (408) 354-2372.
You can apply:
In Person: Please bring a completed Exemption Application Form and copies of all required documentation to the Lakeside Joint School District Office, located at 19621 Black Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. The Parcel Tax Exemption Officer will be available from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday until the application deadline on June 15
By Mail: Please return a completed Exemption Application Form and copies of all required documentation to the Parcel Tax Exemption Officer at Lakeside Joint School District, located at 19621 Black Road Los Gatos, CA 95033. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than June 15.
Will I have to apply every year?
No. Once you meet the exemption criteria, you will not have to fill out new forms every year. However, to continue to be exempt, you must still own and live at the property exempted.