Redwood City 2020 is committed to exploring how best to scale up the success of our Community School Initiative to build a systemic, vertical network of community schools from cradle to career in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks.
In other words, the collaborative will build upon individual community schools to construct a pipeline of community schools and their corresponding holistic services that will ensure that every student graduates from high school ready for college and/or career and prepared for a successful life as a family member and community citizen.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Grove Foundation, Redwood City 2020 is convening a workgroup comprised of community leaders who will explore strategies for sustainability and expansion of community schools in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. A planning period is important to ensure shared ownership, spread, depth, and sustainability of community schools across the pipeline.
- Redwood City 2020 and its partners facilitate fiscal contracts between the city, the county, and the school district to keep our shared commitments to community schools intact. (Major backbone funding for community schools comes from a tri-part contract between the Redwood City School District, City of Redwood City, and San Mateo County.)
- To maintain the infrastructure of community schools and expand to new sites, the Redwood City School District in partnership with Redwood City 2020 is exploring a long-term funding strategy that maintains and maximizes current resources while working to secure additional private and public funding.
- The collaborative is committed to continued monitoring and evaluation of our current community schools.
- Redwood City 2020 is poised to successfully expand down the vertical pipeline to create community school preschools. The collaborative is exploring how to build on previous initiatives that began to integrate the preschool community into already established community elementary schools (e.g., Ready Schools Team, Family Engagement Impact Project ) and to leverage new funding streams from partnering foundations.
- Given the collaborative’s history and success with community schools at the elementary and middle school levels in the Redwood City School District, Redwood City 2020 partners are exploring the possibility of expanding the community school network horizontally to increase the number of K-8 community schools.
High School—Career Expansion
- Redwood City 2020 is also exploring completing the top end of a vertical pipeline of community schools – at the high school and adult education levels. Local high schools, including Sequoia High School, already house a variety of wrap-around services through a strong partnership with Redwood City 2020.
- A gap analysis of Redwood City high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District to identify strengths and challenges in delivering social services.
- A long-term funding strategy that maximizes existing funding sources and secures additional funding from private and public sources.
- Grove Foundation
- As of 2015, there are 6 community schools in the Redwood City School District, serving 3,437 children in grades K-8.
- In 2014, Redwood City School District and Redwood City 2020 received a major grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to implement the Family Engagement Impact Project, which will begin to connect the preschools more substantially to existing community schools.
- In 2014, the Grove Foundation awarded a major grant to Redwood City School District and Redwood City 2020 to explore the sustainability and expansion of community schools from cradle to career.
- Over several years, Sequoia High School and Redwood City 2020 have developed and expanded the Sequoia Teen Resource Center to offer wrap-around services and behavioral health support to high school students.