School2Home Initiative

Children in a Circle Holding HandsSchool2Home is an innovative cost-effective program that is tackling two of California’s most critical and related challenges: closing both the Achievement Gap and theCongressman George Miller Briefs Comcast Digital Divide by integrating computing and broadband technologies into teaching and learning in low-performing middle schools and providing a unique focus on parent engagement. School2Home provides the essential framework anchored in best practices, formulated around 10 Core Components, to improve student achievement at lowperforming middle schools and provide the requisite platform to help students master competencies under the Common Core Standards. Once School2Home has been fully implemented in all grades, rooting the culture of using technology to engage parents and drive education improvement, schools show significant gains in academic performance that outpace comparable schools and statewide averages. Milestone accomplishments include:

  • School2Home currently is being implemented in 30 schools in 12 districts, reaching 969 teachers and more than 19,879 students and their parents in high-poverty communities: Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD); Riverside Unified School District (RUSD); Oakland Unified School District (OUSD); West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD); Winters Joint Unified School District (WJUSD); Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD); Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD); Bayshore and Jefferson Elementary School Districts in collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE); San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD); Alum Rock Union School District in collaboration with the San Jose Mayor's Office, East Side Alliance and Silicon Valley Eduation Fund (SVEF). The partnership with SBCUSD is a different model of collaboration, although is evolving to embrace the School2Home approach. School2Home currently involves 969 teachers and more than 19,879 students and their families
  • Responses from 2,228 students to the 2015 annual School2Home Student Survey showed the following improvements since 2011-2012: 85% increased computer and Internet access at home to support learning, up from 73%; 84% use the technology for writing assignments, up from 60%; 90% access the Internet for research related to schoolwork, up from 68%.
  • CETF is providing input to state and federal education policy based on the success of School2Home. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has endorsed School2Home, encouraging funders to invest in the program.

Please read the School2Home:  Empowering Students - Transforming Lives.