Welcome to California School Campus Database (CSCD)


California School Campus Database (CSCD) is a GIS data set that contains detailed outlines of the lands used by public schools for educational purposes. This site is to support the improvement of GIS data for school campus boundaries in California. School boundary data is crucial to analysis of activities to be encouraged or discouraged in relation to a set "distance from a school" (here, the outer perimeter). Disclaimer: this data is not for any use involving legal determinations of property boundaries.

Users can create and edit boundaries for individual schools, as well as to attach general notes for future review. GreenInfo welcomes interest from those who might wish to invest in the maintenance or expansion of this important data set.

General inquiries can be sent to cscd@greeninfo.org

The creation and release of CSCD was funded by a grant from Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to Stanford Prevention Research Center (PI: Lisa Henriksen, PhD, grant #22RT-0142).


GreenInfo Network staff continue to collect and create boundaries for all active public schools in California State. The following is an outline of the basic steps used to create school boundaries. Users can find out more in the user manual.

  1. Obtain current list of schools from the California Department of Education (CDE).
  2. Review the latitude/longitude and street address provided.
  3. Geocode the state provided school list, as step 2 revealed many of the lat/long locations were erroneous.
  4. Obtain existing readily data available for school boundaries without use restrictions. Currently: California Environmental Health Tracking Program of the CDPH , San Mateo County, San Francisco County, and San Diego County.
  5. Individually review all school points in relation to assessor parcel data (boundaries and ownership where available), aerial imagery, zoning data, Open StreetMap data, and local relevant data sources to define the boundary of the school property. Schools with boundaries from step 4 were also reviewed/adjusted as necessary.

Data Sources

School Boundaries, School Centroids, University Campus, and Community College lands: CSCD 2021 californiaschoolcampusdatabase.org

CDE Reported Location: California Department of Education, last updated 11/30/2020

Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and School Districts (elementary/secondary/unified): TIGER 2020

The first release of CSCD was funded by a grant from Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to Stanford Prevention Research Center (PI: Lisa Henriksen, PhD, grant #22RT-0142).

Download GIS Data

To download the CSCD dataset, click here.

Go To a Location

City County Elem. District Sec. District Unif. District

Post Feedback on The Map

Click the button below to start, then move your cursor to the location of interest. Click on a precise location to place the note marker, and then fill in the information in the form. Choose save, or cancel to exit without saving.

What type of comment is this?

A title for this note:


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Edit Boundaries

Click the Draw button below to activate the drawing tool, then draw out the area (please zoom in and be precise) and fill in the details below.

Or, use the Upload button to upload a zipped shapefile or KML/KMZ of your areas.

Or, use the Edit button to click an area on the map and submit a recommended edit.

School name:

CDS code for this school:

School district:

Approximate acreage of school land:

Website URL for this school, if available:


Your contact info:

Select file to upload:
Note: Shapefiles must be zipped and include valid .prj

Use this tool to propose an edit to a pre-existing drawn or uploaded area.

Zoom to a location on the map, then click a previously-submitted area feature to start. The map will zoom to show the whole area, and will also show the vertices so you can drag them to reshape the boundary. This box will show a form where you can enter information about the location.

Note: Edits do not change existing data, but submit them for consideration.

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