We assure well-rounded learning experiences, which prepare our students for success in college and career. We engage, inspire, and challenge all of our students to become productive citizens, ethical leaders, and positive contributors to our community, country and a global society.


We will work collaboratively and comprehensively with staff, parents, and the community to strengthen a learning environment focused on raising the achievement of all students and preparing them for success in college and career.


District/SchoolGrade Span# of SchoolsTypeSchool SizeDistrict SizeCountyGeo Lead
Santa Ana Unified School District

Garfield Elementary School

5763544,017OrangeRiverside and San Diego

County: Orange

Grades Served: K-12

Number of Schools: 57

  • African American – 0%
  • American Indian – 0%
  • Asian – 0.02%
  • Filipino – 0%
  • Hispanic – 0.96%
  • Pacific Islander – 0%
  • White – 0.01%
  • Two or More Races – 0%

Santa Ana USD's Community Engagement Problem of Practice

Presentation Materials

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While equity is at the core of FACE at SAUSD, equity and building with as a practice at each site and throughout the District has been a challenge.

Although FACE is part of our LCAP, District, and Board goals, we are in the process an integrated strategic alignment which will ensure equity in integrated and reflected in our practice by embedding it from the mission and vision to hiring, evaluations, and professional development.


In the development of the Wellness Centers, equity of access was a building block and lens. Wellness Centers were developed at all 56 school sites in SAUSD to ensure that transportation and physical access on site was available to each school community. By providing a district staff member at a school site, we have also ensured a community wide understanding of the practice, access and systems that all Wellness Centers practice. All community members, whether they have children at the school site or not, are welcome to participate in our activities.

Beyond the operational and programming structure of access to all individuals to the SAUSD Wellness Centers, we developed a marketing strategy that incorporated and activated our community partners to connect families to the Wellness Centers. As we transitioned to Virtual Wellness Centers during the pandemic, our FACE team has maintained high levels of communication with community partners around the services and programming that we currently offer, along with all of our team’s contact information.

As we know and understand, families may not always be reached by our traditional forms of communication like email, text or Robo-call (which we have all implemented). We also need to leverage the relationships that our community partners have with our families to be navigators of resources and make that connection back to our school sites in support of resources and academics that support student learning and socio-emotional well being.


KidWorks is an integral part of the community in SAUSD. KidWork’s support goes beyond their level of awareness and understanding of our practice of engagement in SAUSD, but rather also includes a programmatic and service model alignment.

In KidWorks program scope, you will be able to see a direct line of connection to our own goals and objectives around family engagement and also development of new opportunities in support of all students and families.