I can’t state strongly enough how important IPEI is to the students of the Ithaca schools. IPEI is behind so much that enriches and excites the daily experiences of so many students throughout the district.

— ICSD Teacher
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    IPEI: Celebrating Twenty Years of Connecting School and Community

    The Ithaca Public Education Initiative grew out of a challenge set forth in the Ithaca City School District Strategic Plan of 1996 calling for help in finding the extra resources required for the success of all students. IPEI was formed as a not-for-profit corporation and is a recognized, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, with the following mission and purpose:


  • Our Mission

    The Ithaca Public Education Initiative facilitates community connections and support for students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants.

  • Our Vision

    IPEI believes the education of every student in the Ithaca City School District is enhanced through community connections and support.

  • Our Values

    • Enhanced educational experiences: IPEI values enhanced educational experiences for all ICSD students, both in and outside of the classroom.
    • Community involvement: IPEI values and encourages partnerships between teachers and community members, colleges, foundations, and businesses, to advance the educational opportunities across the ICSD.
    • Creativity: IPEI values and supports teachers in their creative development of programs that foster high-quality educational activities.
    • Responsiveness: IPEI values opportunities to assist students and teachers in a timely manner when needs are identified. We are both proactive and reactive.
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