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On May 18, 2022 the California State Board of Education unanimously approved West Contra Costa Unified with $30,000,000 in grant funding as a part of the Community Schools Partnership Program (CSPP).  

The five-year grant will support the development and implementation of a districtwide equity strategy aligned to the California Community Schools Framework

The schools below have been awarded implementation grants during the first round of funding:

  1. Sylvester Greenwood Academy

  2. Stege Elementary

  3. Riverside Elementary

  4. Lincoln Elementary

  5. Coronado Elementary

  6. Verde K-8

  7. Bayview Elementary

  8. Lake Elementary 

  9. Ford Elementary

  10. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

  11. Michelle Obama Elementary

  12. Lovonya DeJean Middle School

  13. Cesar E. Chavez Elementary

  14. Nystrom Elementary

  15. Edward M. Downer Elementary

  16. Montalvin Manor K-8

  17. Dover Elementary

  18. Grant Elementary

  19. Peres K-8

  20. Helms Middle School

  21. John F. Kennedy High School

  22. Richmond High School

Community Schools

What is a Community School?

A community school is the heart of a community, uniting diverse and engaged stakeholders to make the school community stronger and support the Whole Child — meaning children are not just supported in academics but are learning in environments that make them feel safe, valued, engaged, challenged, and healthy. Community schools provide not only tremendous opportunities for learning and success for students, but also offer hope, opportunity, and transformation to entire communities. Today, there are more than 5,000 community schools nationwide, and this number continues to grow.  Currently, there are twenty-two Community Schools in WCCUSD. On April 11, 2022, WCCUSD applied to expand its Community Schools program by ten schools, to a total of thirty-two schools.  At the May State Board of Education meeting, WCCUSD will be notified of the status of approval 

What are the benefits of Community Schools?

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources with an integrated focus on academics, health, social services, leadership, and community engagement. Its integrated focus leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

Community schools help foster:

  • Lower rates of absenteeism

  • Better work habits, grades, test scores, and behaviors

  • Higher enrollment in college preparatory classes

  • Higher graduation rates

CTA and NEA advocate for more money from the state and federal government to fund the Community Schools Model. President Biden’s budget proposal making its way through Congress requests $443 million for community schools, a 14-fold increase over the current level of $30 million. Recently in the 2021 California state budget, $3 billion was allocated for the expansion of community schools. Because of this unprecedented investment in Community Schools, UTR strongly advocates that educators, families, students, and our community partners have equity of voice in decision-making power and policy-setting as WCCUSD increased the number of schools applying for the Community Schools Partnership Program grants through the California Departement of Education. 

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