“A community school is not just another program being imposed on a school. It embodies a way of thinking and acting that recognizes the historic central role of schools in our communities — and the power of working together for a common good. Educating our children, yes, but also strengthening our families and communities so that, in turn, they can help make our schools even stronger and our children even more successful.”
– Ira Harkavy and Martin J. Blank, Education Week
Community School Partnerships…
Our strategy focuses on the whole child by providing academic support, social emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement and a safe and supportive climate. This strategy will launch in the fall of 2020, with Dorothy Height Elementary selected as the first school for full-service implementation.
What Makes a Community School?
• Shared accountability for ALL outcomes
• Aligned programs focused on student academic success
• Constant communication between students, parents, teachers, principals, and non-school partners
• Targeted interventions based on students’ individual needs
• Data-driven decision-making
• Full-time community school coordinator
• Adults willing to work together in new ways to promote student success
Schools, Students, and Parents all Win
Everyone benefits from the collaborative partnerships that community schools offer. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.