Integrated Student Supports
Integrated student supports including coordinated trauma-informed health, mental health, and social services help schools meet students' academic, physical, social-emotional, and mental health needs. Effectively supporting students also requires that students be well-known so that they can be well-served.
Family and Community Engagement
Family and community engagement taps the expertise and knowledge of family and community members to support and educate students. This includes conducting home visits, building culturally responsive partnerships, and creating opportunities for shared leadership.
Collaborative Leadership and Practices
Collaborative leadership and practices for educators and administrators establish a culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility for outcomes. This includes professional development to transform school culture and climate.
Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities
Expanded learning time and opportunities? include academic support, enrichment, and real-world learning opportunities outside of school hours, including before and after school and during the summer. Expanded learning opportunities can also include tutoring and other learning supports during school hours.
Frequently Asked Questions about Community Schools
What Does a Community School Look Like?
Community schools differ based upon the needs of the local community as well as the resources provided by the school and community partners. Some community schools are open beyond the hours of the traditional school day for after school activities, which often include tutoring and enrichment activities for children, as well as workshops and community services. Many community schools operate year-round to serve both children and their families. Community schools are designed to intentionally and collaboratively address the economic and social barriers that are the underlying cause of the opportunity and achievement gaps.
Which Schools in San Mateo County are Community Schools?
Below is a list of schools and their school districts that are currently receiving state funding to develop their community school model.
Ravenswood City School District
Redwood City School District
Jefferson Elementary School District
Cabrillo Unified School District
Bayshore Elementary School District
San Bruno Park School District
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
What is the Role of the County Office of Education?
The San Mateo County Office of Education plays an important role in convening local government service agencies to support community school initiatives on behalf of all the school districts in the county. This supports more efficient programs, systems, and resource allocation changes as it would avoid the complication of each school district negotiating its own partnership with county agencies, such as San Mateo County Health.
How Can My Organization Be Part of a Community School?
Community schools are a community effort! Organizations are invited to support their local community school in any way possible, whether it is in the form of donations, hands-on support, feedback, or programming. This support is crucial in creating the strong community networks needed for Community Schools to be successful. To get started, reach out to your local community school.
How Can I Start a Community School in My District?
Connect with your school and district leadership to share your interest in starting a community school! The California Department of Education (CDE) provides money to help districts get started and expand their community schools. Learn more about upcoming state funding opportunities and share this information with your school leaders.
Director, School Community Partnerships
Phone: (650) 802-5431