San José Learns

SJ Learns

The San José Learns initiative (“SJ Learns”) aims to bolster academic achievement by funding promising and innovative expanded learning programs for San José students in transitional kindergarten through third grade.

SJ Learns was created in response to low academic performance among students in low-income communities in San José, where approximately half of third-graders are not proficient in English Language Arts (ELA), Reading, and Mathematics, and nearly 5,000 at-risk K-3 students lack access to free, quality, school-based after school programs.

High-quality extended learning programs provide crucial academic support for students who are struggling in the classroom and are especially important for students from families who cannot afford fee-based alternatives.

Grants Program

Since 2015, $6.1 million in grants have been awarded through SJ Learns to Local Education Agencies (“LEAs”) serving San José students. Grants are administered by the Library Foundation, with the San José Public Library’s Education Team providing leadership for the RFP and all related administrative, programmatic, and evaluation activities. The grant period begins in the summer and continues through the academic year.

Historically, SJ Learns has awarded between $33,000 and $700,000 per year to grantees to support summer and academic year expanded learning programs. Beginning in 2019-2020, LEAs were given the option to apply for two-year grants.

SJ Learns Grant Summer 2022 and AY 2022-2023 Grantees and Partners

Alum Rock Union School District with Think Together 

Campbell Union School District 

Franklin-McKinley School District with Catholic Charities

Luther Burbank School District 

Evergreen Elementary School District with YMCA 

Rocketship Public School District with YMCA 

Santa Clara County Office of Education with Bay Area Tutoring Association 

SJ Learns Grant Summer 2021 and AY 2022-2021 Grantees and Partners

Alum Rock Union School District

Campbell Union School District

Franklin-McKinley School District

Luther Bank School District

Mount Pleasant School District

Rocketship Public Schools

SJ Learns Special Funding Opportunity for AY 2021-2022

Alum Rock Union School District

Franklin-McKinley School District

Luther Burbank School District

Mount Pleasant School District

Santa Clara County of Education

SJ Learns Grant 2020

Franklin-McKinley School District

Luther Burbank School District

Mount Pleasant School District 

Past Grantees 2015-2019

Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

Campbell Union School District

Evergreen Elementary School District

Franklin-McKinley School District

Moreland School District

Mount Pleasant School District

Oak Grove School District

Rocketship Public Schools

San José Unified School District

Advisory Committee

The SJ Learns Advisory Committee is composed of educational experts and stakeholders from San José’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  • Allison Book-Arango – Director, Grants, Partnerships & Operations, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Anthony Rodriguez – Corporate Development Manager, City Year San Jose
  • Dana Bunnett – Executive Director, Kids In Common
  • Dawn Coppin – Executive Director, San José Public Library Foundation
  • Hitesh Shah – Sr. Principal Architect, Adobe
  • Jay Landrum – Partner, Berliner Cohen
  • Orit Keinan-Nahon – Global Head of Investor Relations, HP Inc.
  • Scott Whelton – Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Vidya Kilambi – Division Manager, Education & Innovation, San José Public Library

Major Funders