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Meet Rocio Perez, Community Schools Coordinator

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Rocio Perez, MA PPSC

Community Schools Coordinator 

Bilingual (Fluent in Spanish)

I've had the pleasure of working in education for the last 13yrs in various capacities around San Francisco with students K-12th Grade. My background includes after school programming, youth mentoring, coaching high school athletics, and school counseling (6-12th Grade). I'm looking forward to partnering up with the DHS community in my new role!


What Are Community Schools?

DHS has received a 5yr Grant to establish / expand the Community Schools vision. Community Schools provide services and supports that fit the needs of each individual school community. The work is founded on sharing leadership and decision making with students, families, staff and community partners.

Community Schools Basics

SFUSD Vision of Student Success


  • All SFUSD students will graduate as independent thinkers with a sense of agency who have attained academic and creative skills to lead productive lives and contribute to our community. 
HOWFour Proven Practice
  • Shared Leadership, Vision, Values, & Goals to support “whole child” development
  • Strategic Data Collection & Analysis to inform service and program design including resource mapping of school/community hopes and needs
  • Intentional Coordination, Alignment, & Continuous Improvement of programs & partnerships to match identified needs
  • Key Community School Staffing with clear roles and responsibilities
WITHFour Foundational Elements & Conditions of Learning
  • Strong Instructional Core (Teaching & Learning that is culturally proficient and relevant). 
  • Strong Family-School-Community Partnerships
  • Student-Centered Learning in a Racially Just & Restorative Climate
  • Authentic and Inclusive School-based Governance
WHOFour Community School Operating Structures
  • Community School Site Leadership Team(s) The school’s existing leadership team(s) and committees expand as needed to include relevant stakeholders (staff, community partners, parents) that guide, design and develop support for the essential community school practices.
  • Coordinated Care Teams The regular, structured space to develop, assess/monitor and improve strategies and practices around Tier 1 behavioral supports. 
  • Partnership Collaboration  There are regular, structured opportunities for community partners & school leadership to meet to align goals, services and practices to match community assets with school needs.
  • Family Partnership Team There are regular, structured opportunities to plan for family engagement, partnership and shared leadership opportunities.
WHATFour Programmatic Pillars
  • Shared Power and Democracy
  • Family Partnerships
  • Integrated Support Services (Academic & Behavioral Health and Wellness)
  • Expanded Learning (Out-of-School time & School Transitions)


Flier decribing the Community Schools Strategy
Community Schools Strategy in Spanish


This page was last updated on March 21, 2024