List of School Districts using Restorative Practices

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Summary

With the massive increase in school districts using Restorative Justice/Restorative Practices coupled with the unprecedented behavioral chaos being seen in schools, we have begun to track the school districts that use “Restorative Justice” or “Restorative Practices” as an official part of their discipline policy and/or code of conduct.

What is Restorative Justice (or Restorative Practices)?

Restorative justice is a philosophy for student discipline where reconciliation between the offender and the victim is the ultimate goal. This goal is theoretically achieved by conversations between the offender, the victim and others involved in the incident.  While restorative justice practices can be effective when dealing with minor incidents, it is largely ineffective when dealing with more disruptive and violent behavior. In many school districts, restorative justice has REPLACED exclusionary discipline in schools so the response to a violent action in class is not a suspension or expulsion, but to clear the classroom and have a restorative conference.  

“Restorative justice is an approach to justice where one of the responses to a misdeed, broken rule or actual crime is to organize a meeting between the victim and the offender, sometimes with representatives of the wider community. In restorative justice, reconciliation, not punishment, is the goal. The “Western” view of crime and punishment is thought to be a byproduct of colonialism.” — from our “Understanding Ethnic Studies Jargon” page.

Here is an example of how a Restorative Justice policy might look in your school district.


Below is a list of school districts by state that incorporate Restorative Practices (also called Restorative Justice) as part of district discipline. All districts included have listed these practices in writing in policy, a strategic plan, an equity plan, or their student code of conduct.

Number of total districts: 542

Number of total schools: 19,356

Number of total students: 11,831,943


Alabama

Gulf Shore City Schools

Hoover City Schools

Alaska

Anchorage School District

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Arizona

Chandler Unified School District

Maricopa Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District

Arkansas

Fayetteville Public Schools

Pulaski County Special School District

California

Acalanes Union High School District

Adelanto Elementary School District

Alameda Unified School District

Albany Unified School District

Alexander Valley Union School District

Alhambra Unified School District

Alisal Union School District

Alpaugh Unified School District

Alpine County Unified School District

Alta Vista Elementary School District

Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary School District

Alvina Elementary Charter School

Anaheim Elementary School District

Antelope Valley Union High School District

Apple Valley Unified School District

Arcadia Unified School District

Arcata Elementary School District

Arcohe Union Elementary School District

Armona Union Elementary School District

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District

Arvin Union School District

Atwater Elementary School District

Auburn Union School District

Azusa Unified School District

Baker Valley Unified School District

Baldwin Park Unified School District

Banning Unified School District

Banta Unified School District

Barstow Unified School District

Bass Lake Joint Elementary School District

Bassett Unified School District

Bear Valley Unified School District

Beaumont Unified School District

Bella Vista Elementary School District

Bellevue Union School District

Bellflower Unified School District

Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Belridge Elementary School District

Benicia Unified School District

Bennett Valley Union School District

Berryessa Union School District

Big Pine Unified School District

Big Springs Union Elementary School District

Bishop Unified School District

Blochman Union Elementary School District

Blue Lake Elementary School District

Bolinas-Stinson Union School District

Bonsall Unified School District

Borrego Springs Unified School District

Bradley Union Elementary School District

Brawley Elementary School District

Brawley Union High School District

Brea Olinda Unified School District

Bret Harte Union High School District

Briggs Elementary School District

Buckeye Union Elementary School District

Buellton Union School District

Buena Park School District

Buena Vista Elementary School District

Burbank Unified School District

Burton Elementary School District

Byron Union Elementary School District

Cabrillo Unified School District

Cajon Valley Union School District

Calistoga Joint Unified School District

Campbell Union High School District

Campbell Union School District

Capistrano Unified School District

Cardiff Elementary School District

Carlsbad Unified School District

Carmel Unified School District

Carpinteria Unified School District

Caruthers Unified School District

Cascade Union Elementary School District

Castle Rock Union Elementary School District

Castro Valley Unified School District

Cayucos Elementary School District

Center Joint Unified School District

Centinela Valley Union High School District

Central Elementary School District

Central Union High School District

Central Union School District

Centralia Elementary School District

Ceres Unified School District

Charter Oak Unified School District

Chawanakee Unified School District

Chowchilla Elementary School District

Chowchilla Union High School District

Claremont Unified School District

Cloverdale Unified School District

Coachella Valley Unified School District

Coast Unified School District

Colfax Elementary School District

College Elementary School District

Colusa Unified School District

Compton Unified School District

Corcoran Joint Unified School District

Corning Union Elementary School District

Corning Union High School District

Corona-Norco Unified School District

Coronado Unified School District

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District

Covina-Valley Unified School District

Cucamonga School District

Cupertino Union School District

Curtis Creek Elementary School District

Cuyama Joint Unified School District

Cypress Student District

Davis Joint Unified School District

Delano Joint Union High School District

Delano Union School District

Delhi Unified School District

Denair Unified School District

Desert Center Unified School District

Desert Sands Unified School District

Dixon Unified School District

Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified School District

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District

Duarte Unified School District

Dublin Unified School District

Dunham Elementary School District

Dunsmuir Elementary School District

Dunsmuir Joint Union High School District

Durham Unified School District

Earlimart School District

East Nicolaus Joint Union High School District

East Whittier City Elementary School District

Eastside Union School District

Edison Elementary School District

El Centro Elementary School District

El Dorado Union High School District

El Monte City School District

El Tejon Unified School District

Elk Grove Unified School District

Empire Union School District

Encinitas Union School District

Escalon Unified School District

Escondido Union School District

Esparto Unified School District

Eureka City Schools

Eureka Union School District

Evergreen Union School District

Exeter Unified School District

Fairfax School District

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

Ferndale Unified School District

Fieldbrook Elementary School District

Fillmore Unified School District

Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified School District

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Fontana Unified School District

Foresthill Union School District

Fort Bragg Unified School District

Fort Sage Unified School District

Fortuna Elementary School District

Fowler Unified School District

Franklin-McKinley Elementary School District

Fremont Union High School District

Fresno Unified School District

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District

Galt Joint Union High School District

Gateway Unified School District

Gerber Union Elementary School District

Geyserville Unified School District

Gilroy Unified School District

Glendora Unified School District

Gold Trail Union School District

Golden Feather Union School District

Golden Plains Unified School District

Goleta Union School District

Grant Elementary School District

Grass Valley School District

Greenfield Union Elementary School District

Greenfield Union School District

Grenada Elementary School District

Gridley Unified School District

Guadalupe Union School District

Gustine Unified School District

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Hamilton Unified School District

Hanford Elementary School District

Hanford Joint Union High School District

Happy Camp Union Elementary School District

Happy Valley Elementary School District

Happy Valley Union Elementary School District

Harmony Union Elementary School District

Hart-Ransom Union School District

Hawthorne School District

Hayward Unified School District

Helendale School District

Hemet Unified School District

Hermosa Beach City Elementary School District

Hesperia Unified School District

Hilmar Unified School District

Hope Elementary School District

Hope Elementary School District (Porterville)

Horicon Elementary School District

Howell Mountain Elementary School District

Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union School District

Hughson Unified School District

Huntington Beach City School District

Igo-Ono-Platina Union Elementary School District

Imperial Unified School District

Inglewood Unified School District

Island Union Elementary School District

Jamul-Dulzura Union School District

Jefferson Elementary School District

Jefferson Union High School District

John Swett Unified School District

Johnstonville Elementary School District

Junction City Elementary School District

Junction Elementary School District

Kelseyville Unified School District

Kenwood School District

Keppel Union School District

Kern High School District

Kernville Union School District

Keyes Union School District

King City Union School District

Kings Canyon Unified School District

Kings River Union Elementary School District

Kings River-Hardwick School District

Kingsburg Joint Union High School District

Kit Carson Union Elementary School District

Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District

Knightsen Elementary School District

Konocti Unified School District

La Canada Unified School District

La Habra City School District

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

Lagunita School District

Lake Elementary School District

Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Lake Tahoe Unified School District

Lakeport Unified School District

Lakeside Joint School District

Lakeside Union School District

Lammersville Unified School District

Lamont Elementary School District

Lancaster School District

Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Las Virgenes Unified School District

Lawndale Elementary School District

Laytonville Unified School District

Le Grand Union Elementary School District

Le Grand Union High School District

Lemon Grove School District

Lemoore Union Elementary School District

Lemoore Union High School District

Lennox School District

Lewistown Elementary School District

Liberty Elementary School District

Liberty Elementary School District

Linden Unified School District

Lindsay Unified School District

Little Lake City School District

Live Oak Unified School District

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Long Beach Unified School District

Loomis Union School District

Los Alamitos Unified School District

Los Altos School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

Lucerne Valley Unified School District

Lucia Mar Unified School District

Luther Burbank School District

Lynwood Unified School District

Madera Unified School District

Magnolia School District

Mammoth Unified School District

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Manteca Unified School District

Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School District

Maricopa Unified School District

Mark Twain Union Elementary School District

Martinez Unified School District

Marysville Joint Unified School District

Mattole Unified School District

Maxwell Unified School District

McCabe Union Elementary School District

McFarland Unified School District

McKinleyville Union School District

McKittrick Elementary School District

McSwain Union Elementary School District

Meadows Union Elementary School District

Mendota Unified School District

Menifee Union School District

Midway School District

Mill Valley School District

Millbrae Elementary School District

Miller Creek School District

Millville School District

Milpitas Unified School District

Mission Union School District

Modoc Joint Unified School District

Mojave Unified School District

Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary School District

Montecito Union School District

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Moorpark Unified School District

Moraga School District

Moreno Valley Unified School District

Morgan Hill Unified School District

Morongo Unified School District

Mountain Elementary School District

Mountain Empire Unified School District

Mountain Union Elementary School

Mountain Valley Unified School District

Mountain View Elementary School District

Mountain View Los Altos High School District

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Mupu School District

Napa Valley Unified School District

National School District

Needles Unified School District

Nevada City School District

Nevada Joint Union High School

New Jerusalem School District

Newark Unified School District

Newcastle Elementary School District

Newhall School District

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

North County Joint Union School District

North Cow Creek School District

North Monterey County Unified School District

Novato Unified School District

Nuview Union School District

Oak Grove Union School District

Oak Valley Union Elementary School District

Oak View Elementary School District

Oakdale Joint Unified School District

Oakley Union Elementary School District

Oakland Unified School District

Oceanside Unified School District

Oja Unified School District

Old Adobe Union School District

Ontario-Montclair School District

Orange Center School District

Orchard School District

Orinda Union School District

Orland Unified School District

Oro Grande School District

Oxnard School District

Pacific Grove Unified School District

Pacific Union Elementary School District

Pacific Union Elementary School District

Pacifica School District

Palo Alto Unified School District

Riverside Unified School District

Sacramento City Unified School District

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Diego Unified School District

San Francisco Unified School District

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Clara Unified School District

Ventura Unified School District

Colorado

Cherry Creek School District

Denver Public Schools

Douglas County School District

Jefferson County Public Schools

Poudre School District

Thompson School District

Connecticut

Connecticut River Academy

East Lyme School District

Hartford Public Schools

Delaware

Cape Henlopen School District

Florida

Brevard Public Schools

Broward County Public Schools

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

Osceola School District

Palm Beach County School District

School District of Manatee County

Georgia

Atlanta Public Schools

Clarke County School District

Clayton County Schools

Dekalb County Schools

Forsyth County Schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Hawai’i

Hawai’i Public Schools

Idaho

Blaine County School District

Illinois

Chicago Public Schools

Community Unit School District 200

Dekalb Community Unified School District

East Maine School District 63

Maine Township High School District 207

Indiana

Perry Township Schools

Iowa

Cedar Rapids Community School District

Des Moine Independent Community School District

Iowa City Community School District

Kansas

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools

Olathe Public Schools

Shawnee Mission School District

Wichita Public Schools

Kentucky

Fayette County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools

Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools

Jefferson Parish Schools

Maine

Portland Public Schools

Maryland

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Baltimore City Public Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools

Frederick County Public Schools

Howard County Public School System

Montgomery County Public Schools

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Washington County Public Schools

Massachusetts

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

Boston Public Schools

Watertown Public Schools

Michigan

Birmingham Public Schools

Cheboygan Area Schools

Clintondale Community Schools

Detroit Public Schools

Memphis Community Schools

West Shore Educational Service District

Minnesota

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

Edina Public Schools

Faribault Public School District

Rochester Public Schools

Saint Paul Public Schools

St Louis Park Public Schools

Mississippi

Oxford School District

Missouri

Hazelwood School District

Hickman Mills Schools

Kirkwood School District

Ladue School District

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District

North Kansas City Schools

The School District of Clayton

Wright City R-II School District

Montana

Absarokee Public Schools

Alberton School District

Amsterdam School

Anaconda Public Schools

Anderson Elementary

Ashland Public School

Baker Public Schools

Beaverhead County High School

Belt Public Schools

Big Sandy Public Schools

Big Sky School District

Big Timber Grade School

Bridger Public Schools

Broadus Public Schools

Broadview School District

Brockton School District

Canyon Creek School

Cardwell School

Nebraska

Lincoln Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools

Nevada

Clark County School District

Douglas County School District

Washoe County School District

New Hampshire

Manchester School District

New Jersey

Middletown Township Public Schools

Newark Public Schools

New Mexico

Albuquerque Public Schools

New York

Avon Central Schools

Ithaca City School District

New York City Public Schools

Sachem Central School District

North Carolina

Ashe County Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Cumberland County Schools

Guilford County Schools

Union County Public Schools

Wake County Public School System

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools

Columbus City Schools

Oklahoma

Tulsa Public Schools

Oregon

Beaverton School District

David Douglas School District

Portland Public Schools

Medford School District 549c

Salem-Keizer School District

Pennsylvania

Bethel Park School District

Centennial School District

Kennett Consolidated School District

Lower Merion School District

State College Area School District

The School District of Philadelphia

Rhode Island

Little Compton School Department

Providence Public Schools

South Kingstown School District

South Carolina

Charleston County School District

South Dakota

Summit School District 54-6

Vermillion School District

Tennessee

Hamilton County Schools

Knox County Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Shelby County Schools

Williamson County Schools

Texas

Austin Independent School District

Clear Creek Independent School District

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Dallas Independent School District

El Paso Independent School District

Fort Worth Independent School District

Garland Independent School District

Houston Independent School District

Klein Independent School District

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District

Leander Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District

Utah

Alpine School District

Box Elder School District

Davis School District

Granite School District

Jordan School District

Salt Lake City School District

Vermont

Burlington School District

Essex Westford School District

Virginia

Albemarle County Public Schools

Arlington Public Schools

Charlottesville City Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Prince William County Public Schools

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Washington

Lake Washington School District

Seattle Public Schools

Washington D.C.

District of Columbia Public Schools

Wisconsin

Madison Metropolitan School District

Milwaukee Public Schools

Wyoming

Fremont County School District #25


Additional information on Restorative Practices:

Discipline in Schools: What Parents Need to Know

Understanding School Discipline Jargon

Restorative Justice Frequently Asked Questions

Groups Pushing Restorative Justice in Schools