Live Oak Elementary School’s demographics were the primary reason it was selected as the initial site for C2C. In 2018-19, 82% of students were eligible for free and reduced lunch, 54% were classified as English Learners, and 26% were characterized as homeless. In 2018-19, C2C expanded to Del Mar Elementary School where 61% of students were eligible for free and reduced lunch and 39% were classified as English Learners (EL). At Del Mar there is a 13% gap on the state English Language Arts assessment between Del Mar’s 3rd grade EL students and the school’s overall 3rd grade population.
Live Oak is an unincorporated community and “Census Designated Place” located between the Cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola in Santa Cruz County. Despite the fact that the Live Oak community is only 3.2 square miles, the population is 17,400, around 5,400 people per square mile. Fifteen percent of the adults in the community have not earned a high school diploma, and there is a per capita income of $27,675. The Live Oak community has experienced significant change over the past 10 years, moving from a rural, agricultural area to a semi-urban environment with denser housing and increased population. This means that Live Oak faces many of the same challenges that urban areas have, but with significantly fewer resources and infrastructure.