United Way Bay Area

Walter T. Helms Middle Community School

2500 Road 20, San Pablo, CA 94806


West Contra Costa School District

Helms Middle School Website

Principal: Jose De Leon

Lead Agency: City of San Pablo; Fiscal sponsor: Bay Area Community Resources

Community School Leadership: Teodora Ildefonzo-Olmo, Community Services Coordinator, San Pablo & Community Schools Director at Walter T. Helms Middle School

Community School Since: 2009

Student Services: Afterschool Program, Summer Learning, Transition Program (working with feeder schools), Youth Leadership and Governance Class, Peer Mediation, Restorative Justice & Conflict Management System, Drug and Gang Prevention, E3 College Readiness, Afterschool Program 180 Degrees, Career Workshops, Let’s Rise Program, Small Learning Communities, Writing Workshops

Support Services: Partners 8 Mental Health Services, Individual and Group Counseling, Family Counseling, Health Support Services, Healthy Family Nutrition Courses

Family Engagement: School Site Council, Parent Coaching with PLAN (Parent Leadership Action Network), Parent Education (ESL and Computer Classes, Elementary Schooling for Parents with No Formal Education), Parent Volunteerism, Professional Development, Academic and Social Trainings, Parent Engagement Activities, Principal Coffee, Police Parent Project Training, Conflict Mediation Training

Public Funding: School Categorical Funding, the City of San Pablo, Helms categorical, the San Foundation and Contra Costa County Children’s and Family Services

Private Funding: San Francisco Foundation, Scully Foundation

Our Story: The Walter T. Helms Middle School (WCCUSD) is a vibrant Full Service Community School (FSCS) of 911 resilient 7th and 8th graders, their families, and 30 sustaining partners and active community members. The FSCS approach is both philosophically and conceptually unique as a school reform strategy.   Its fundamental emphasis is to end the isolation of schools from the communities they serve and to transform them into community hubs in which necessary services, programs, and resources are fully integrated into the daily life of the school.     Our multiple services for school, home and community are integrated into our unique grade level house system of three small learning communities. Each house has its own core and special education faculty, academic counselor, community outreach worker, and community partner. Services include parental outreach and engagement, leadership training, case and attendance management, mental health, health education, academic support, college readiness, and after school academics, enrichment, and athletics.  We have strong connections with our families, feeder elementary schools, and high school academies. Our school community leadership team (Principal, Vice Principal, Instructional Coach and Community School Director) coordinates high quality service delivery, instruction, and community involvement. It shares responsibility for our learning communities’ success, and/or our highly valued partnerships, and interface with the district and community. Our API score for 2010-2011 exceeded our growth target by 422%.

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