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Schools for Community Action



The teachers, recent alumni, parents, and community members of the Schools for Community Action (SCA) team are dedicated to building the powerful and effective learning environment that the youth in our community have long deserved. Our SCA members have either been raised in the neighborhood or have worked nearly exclusively in the immediate area, including Manual Arts High School and Muir Middle School. Our schools are specific to the community needs of our South Central community, to which we are deeply connected, know well, and value intensely.

Through our outreach in the community, we realize that we need to provide families with distinct choices in the education of their children. That is why we are three distinct small schools on the Augustus Hawkins campus:

Critical Design and Gaming School (C:\DAGS)

Community Health Advocates School (CHAS)

Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship (RISE) School

Core Values

Student Centered

We believe that education should always begin with a strong respect and understanding of each student’s potential and desire to learn.

Community Collaboration

We believe that authentic community collaboration leads to transformative school design.

Innovation and Excellence

We believe that teachers should constantly improve their practice to ensure students achieve new levels of success.

Social Justice

We believe that our community deserves better educational opportunities than have been historically provided.


We believe in creating interlinked strength between the three small schools of the Augustus Hawkins campus.