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TK Student in Class at Clifford School
Student on Device at Clifford School
Clifford Students Playing Hockey

Our District's Mission

RCSD creates a safe and supportive, inspirational and rigorous, joyful and inclusive environment for all learners

Clifford School Honored with Countywide Recognition

Clifford School is among a small list of Kent Award winners this spring for its implementation of and partnership with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA). The annual Kent Award highlights innovative, inspiring, and outstanding programs in San Mateo County Schools.

Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion: RCSD Students Learn More than Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

Modeling positive behaviors and rewarding children for taking those affirmative steps goes a long way, according to research, and schools nationwide are adopting a structured model for that called PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.

National Partner Highlights Instructional Practices of Teachers at Clifford School

The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), an RCSD partner, thanked the Board of Trustees for their support of “thoughtful dialogue around equity and pedagogy” in RCSD. The NUA’s “Pedagogy of Confidence” involves three phases in understanding and learning: Developing, Deepening, and Demonstrating. This aligns with RCSD’s core belief that children learn and succeed when we act on the principle that every child can and will learn.

County Supt. Visits Clifford School’s NUA Lab. Building Student Conviction, Capacity, and Confidence.

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee recently visited Clifford School to observe the strength-based strategies RCSD teachers are using in classrooms to close opportunity gaps. Clifford School, a National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) lab school, has become a model for approaches that identify and activate student strengths.

Community, Culture, and Quality are Key, Neighborhood School Parents Say

The parents of students in Redwood City School District (RCSD) are an enthusiastic bunch. They’re thrilled with the way their little loved ones learn – specifically, they credit the teachers, the schools’ respective cultures and value communication from teachers, staff and administration. 

Community Partner Campus Beautification Project Contributes to Clifford Student Learning and Well-Being

Members of local Rotary Clubs met at Clifford School in Redwood City to plant 30 native oak trees surrounding the staff parking lot in an effort to restore the area’s natural meadows while replacing eucalyptus that presented hazards. 

Our Stories and Initiatives

Our District By the Numbers


kindergarten student to teacher ratio


California Gold Ribbon Schools in our district including Clifford


different languages are spoken at home by our students and their families in our district including Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, and Vietnamese


healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches served every school day in our district


square feet of space are maintained by RCSD custodians and groundskeepers throughout our district