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Volunteer Activities and Opportunities

Opportunities At Home

When schools work together with families and the community, children will succeed not just in school, but in just about anything they do in life.  Research shows that when parents are actively involved with their children's education, students' grades are higher, their self-esteem is greater, and they are more socially adjusted.  The most accurate indicator of a student's academic success in school is not tied to family income or social status, but the extent to which a family:
  • Creates a home environment that encourages learning
  • Sets high, but realistic achievement and career expectations
  • Becomes involved in their child's education and in the community

For more information on how to support parent involvement, visit the Parent Outreach and Engagement Department.

Opportunities at the School Level

Volunteers can help support education through a wide range of school-related opportunities, including:
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Classroom read alouds
  • Classroom assistance
  • Non-classroom assistance (field trips, media center, etc.)
  • Organization involvement (PTA/PTO, foundation, School Site Council, etc.)
  • Before-and after-school programs
  • Serve as a panel member for senior exhibitions.
Dads Club
The Dads Club provides school-based opportunities for involved fathers to increase the involvement in their child's life and education, and encourage other fathers to become active participants in classrooms and school activities.  Participating dads say it has created stronger bonds with their children and allowed them to form a unique network of involved and active fathers.  For more information, contact Melissa Whipple, Parent Outreach and Engagement Department, at or 619-293-3181.
School Site Council (SSC)
The SSC is an elected decision-making group comprised of parents, community members, site administartors, teachers and other staff.  At the secondary level, students are included.  The SSC has an ongoing responsibility to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the site plan.  The SSC also oversees all the categorical funds such as Title 1, Second Language and GATE.  All schools are required to have an SSC.  Contact your site administrator or SSC chair if you are interested in joining.
Site Governance Team (SGT)
Each school has a SGT to act as its advisory body on issues other than major categorical programs.  Contact your school administrator if you are interested in being part of your school's SGT.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Schools that have twenty-one more English as a Second Language (ESL) students also have an English Learner Advisory Committee.  It serves as the advisory body to the school on four key issues:
  • The school plan for English learners
  • Needs assessment
  • Administration of the language census
  • Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of attendance
Contact your school administrator if you would like to be part of your school's ELAC.
The Partnerships in Education Program is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for business/community organizations and volunteers to build reform-level partnerships that support teaching and learning in the classroom.  Based on data collected from schools and partners, priority activities have been identified in several specific areas. They include:
  • Curriculum support
  • Tutor/mentor recruitment
  • Training and retention
  • School-to-career
  • Educational technology
To learn more about becoming a partner in education, contact the school administrator.
  • Career Technical Education Programs develops recommendations on the College, Career and Technical Education program and provides the liaison between the district and potential employers. Learn more.
  • Compensatory Education Programs, District Advisory Council (DAC), is an advisory group of elected representatives from Title I schools that consult with the district on behalf of compensatory education program participants. Learn more.
  • District English Learner Adviosry Committee (DELAC) advises the Board of Education and district staff on programs and services for English Learners.  Learn more.
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) District Advisory Committee advises central office staff on GATE program developments, planning and implementation as required by state law; acts as regional liaison to school sites for development of gifted programs, reviews district program objectives, activities, budget timelines and annual evaluations.  For more information, contact your school principal or visit the GATE website.
  • Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, a citizen's advisory group created to monitor Proposition S implementation and expenditures.  ICOC meetings are open to the public and regulated by the Brown Act.  Learn more.
  • Special Education, Community Advisory Committee advises the SDUSD Board of Education and the Special Education administration on the implementation of the Local Plan, which describes how the district provides services to students with exceptional needs.  Learn more.
  • Utilization of Excess School Property, Advisory Committee is a Board-appointed citizens' advisory group authorized to consider proposals and develop recommendations regarding property owned by the school district.  For more information, see Administrative Procedure 3105 or call (858) 637-6242.