San Jose

In San Jose, we partner with districts, teachers and school leaders that served over 21,746 students in the 2015-16 school year. Despite living in an area that that boasts one of the largest economies in the world, well over 40,000 students of Silicon Valley students come from low income families and are struggling academically without access to high-quality options for school.

According to the California Department of Education, some 40 percent of students in San Jose are not proficient in their grade-level reading skills, with a with a 37 percentage point gap between the highest and lowest performing subgroups. Many of these students are English language learners, attending schools that are not equipped to respond effectively to their needs.

Located in Santa Clara County, Franklin-McKinley School District served 11,114 students in the 2015-16 school year: the student population consists of 99% students of color; 82% are economically disadvantaged; and 50% are classified as English Learners.

Located in East San Jose, Oak Grove School District served 10,632 students in the 2015-16 school year: the student population consists of 82% students of color; 45% are economically disadvantaged; and 29% are classified as English Learners.

For more information about working with Partners in California, please contact Derek Mitchell at 415.824.6196 or send us an email.

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Partners District-Wide Impact

South Bay educator, Nora Guerra, and Superintendent, José Manzo, speak about the impact of Partners in their district.

I don’t believe our school would be as successful as it is without the help of Partners in School Innovation… Partners instilled the cycle of inquiry in all the work we do at our school. We thank them for the support they provided and will continue the mindset they have instilled in our teachers and leaders.

Howard Greenfield

Principal, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, California