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California Community School Partnership Program (CCSPP) Overview

California Community School Partnership Program


The California Community School Partnership Program (CCSPP) aims to promote the growth and development of Community Schools throughout California. These schools adopt a whole-child approach, addressing the needs of students, families, and the community as a whole. By recognizing and harnessing the strengths within our communities, fostering greater engagement in schools, and providing essential resources, these schools become the vibrant hub of their neighborhoods, dedicated to helping students, families, and communities flourish.

What is a community school?

The Four Pillars of Community Schools

  • Integrated student supports, which can support student success by meeting their academic, physical, social emotional, and mental health needs. Statute defines this as including the “coordination of trauma-informed health, mental health, and social services.” Effectively supporting students also requires that students be well known so that they can be well served.

  • Family and community engagement involves actively tapping the expertise and knowledge of family and community members to serve as true partners in supporting and educating students. Statute defines this as including “home visits, home-school collaboration, [and] culturally responsive community partnerships.” Learning opportunities for family members as well as structures and opportunities for shared leadership are other important elements of authentic family engagement.

  • Collaborative leadership and practices for educators and administrators establish a culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility for outcomes in a manner that includes students, families, and community members. Statute defines this as including “professional development to transform school culture and climate that centers on pupil learning and supports mental and behavioral health, trauma-informed care, Social Emotional Learning [and] restorative justice.”

  • Extended learning time and opportunities include academic support, enrichment, and real-world learning opportunities (e.g., internships, project-based learning). Statute refers to these opportunities as both “extended learning” and “expanded learning” and defines them as including “before and after school care and summer programs.” Expanded learning opportunities can also include tutoring and other learning supports during school hours.

Community School Needs Assessments for Students

If you are a student at one of the following schools, help us by taking some time to answer a short survey. Your honest responses will help get our Community School planning and development off to a strong start. Click on your school below for the survey.