Undocumented Students in California: What You Should Know, provides a quick and accessible snapshot of our state’s undocumented student population. The resource highlights key demographic data on undocumented students in California, policies affecting immigrant students as well as opportunities and challenges to support these students.  We share common terms and pertinent policy information to help California’s students, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders as they make important decisions and advocate on behalf of these students.

Find the fact sheet, digital toolkit with sharable social media images, and a collection of additional resources below.

Additional Resources

Organizations that offer guidance and resources on supporting undocumented students


  • United We Dream is a youth-led organization advocates for the fair treatment of immigrant youth and families by providing organizing resources.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration empowers undocumented youth to achieve their educational and career goals through financial support, leadership building, resources, and partnerships.
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center works with and educates immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to strengthen democracy with a lens toward diversity and human rights.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) is a Latino civil rights organization that promotes social change through advocacy, education, and litigation in a variety of areas.
  • ACLU works to defend civil rights, including due process and equal protection rights for immigrants.



Additional resources to support undocumented students


Safe Haven/Sanctuary Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction recommendations to schools to declare themselves “safe havens”:

California School Boards Association legal guidance to school districts on equal educational access, regardless of immigration status:

Sacramento City Unified School District Board Resolution:

Los Angeles Unified School District Board Resolution:

San Bernardino City Unified School District Board Resolution:



Guidance for schools on helping immigrant families:

ACLU Sanctuary Toolkit:

American Federation of Teachers’ Immigrant and Refugee Children Guide for School Staff:

Wall of Us script for calling school districts to support undocumented students and families:

Oakland Unified School District’s Sanctuary Resources:

United We Dream Toolbox:

Teaching Tolerance Immigrant and Refugee Children Guide for School Staff:


Lesson Plans

Teaching Tolerance classroom lessons:

Living Undocumented secondary lesson plan materials:

School on Wheels’ lessons on college resources for undocumented  students: