Circle the Schools is a program created by sf.citi in partnership with the San Francisco Education Fund and the San Francisco Unified School District. Its purpose is to motivate leaders in the tech industry to sponsor K-12 education in the city. Tech companies will have the opportunity to “adopt” a local public school and provide it with financial as well as volunteer-based support. Since its inception in 2014, Circle the Schools has amassed a total of 3,055 volunteers and received more than $855,000 in resources. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the program will partner 24 companies with 47 public schools throughout San Francisco.
Adopting a total of 22 schools in 2018-2019, Salesforce.org is an enthusiastic sponsor of Circle the Schools. Last year alone, Salesforce donated $7 million to the San Francisco Unified School District. This money in part go towards all aspects of expanding computer education; it will improve teacher training, purchase new computers, and finance activities for computer science-focused clubs. In addition to supporting computer science, the money granted in 2017-2018 went to support math programs, Principals Innovation Fund, teacher support and retention and college and career readiness. Also as part of the program, Salesforce employees pledged fifteen thousand volunteer hours during the 2017-2018 school year. These volunteers will visit the schools in person to teach kids valuable skills in tech.