The California School Campus Database (CSCD) is now available for all public schools and colleges/universities in California.
CSCD is a GIS data set that contains detailed outlines of the lands used by public schools for educational purposes. It includes campus boundaries of schools with kindergarten through 12th grade instruction, as well as colleges, universities, and public California community colleges. Each is accurately mapped at the assessor parcel level. CSCD is the first statewide database of this information and is available for use without restriction.
California School Campus Database (CSCD) Introduction
Hosted by GreenInfo Network, learn about the recent update to the California School Campus Database (CSCD). We'll cover the history of the database, recent updates, and a new layer we've added in 2021.
While data is available from the California Department of Education (CDE) at a point level, the data is simplified and often inaccurate.
CSCD defines the entire school campus of all public schools to allow spatial analysis, including the full extent of lands used for public education in California. CSCD is suitable for a wide range of planning, assessment, analysis, and display purposes.
The lands in CSCD are defined by the parcels owned, rented, leased, or used by a public California school district for the primary purpose of educating youth. CSCD provides vetted polygons representing each public school in the state.
Data is also provided for community colleges and university lands as of the 2018 release.
CSCD has been developed to meet the needs of multiple users. Actual and potential uses include:
Using CSCD? We would love to hear more about it. Send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSCD has no ongoing funding source. Improvements are made only when funded. But you can help!
School boundary data is crucial to analysis of activities near schools. Contributions to improve the data are processed as funding is available. GreenInfo welcomes interest from those who might wish to invest in the expansion of this important data set.
CSCD is suitable for a wide range of planning, assessment, analysis, and display purposes. It should not be used as the basis for official regulatory, legal, or other such governmental actions unless reviewed by the user and deemed appropriate for their use. See the user manual for more information.
The first release of CSCD was developed by the Stanford Prevention Research Center and GreenInfo Network, with funding from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program grant #22RT-0142, PI: Lisa Henriksen, PhD.
CSCD 2021 was funded by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Grants and Local Services and a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to the Center for Cities + Schools at the University of California, Berkeley grant 2020-218603, PI: Jeff Vincent, PhD.
CSCD is published by GreenInfo Network. Updates will be published as funding is available.