Community schools are public schools where a full-time coordinator works with the entire school community—students, parents, teachers, administrators, service providers, and neighbors—to identify the community’s most pressing needs, such as expanded medical services, after-school programming, and job training. The coordinator then works with service providers and City agencies to bring these resources directly into the school. Community schools become neighborhood centers, improving access to programs and services for students, families, and neighbors.
We announced the first cohort of community schools on July 18, 2016:
Learn more about our community schools' plans.
In 2017, we announced the second cohort of community schools:
- Samuel Gompers Elementary School
- George Washington High School
- Alain Locke School*
*Alain Locke is a Community School thanks to a partnership with Drexel University and federal funding from the Promise Neighborhood grant, which the University received from the U.S. Department of Education.
Effective community schools can be found all over the country. In one of the most high-poverty areas of Los Angeles, there is a community school where 99 percent of high school graduates go to college. In Austin, two struggling schools went from the brink of closure to becoming two of the highest performing schools in the city. In Cincinnati, students receiving support services like tutoring, mentoring, college access, and after-school enrichment saw higher gains in reading and math scores than those who did not receive these services.
We cannot expect our children to succeed academically if they come to school hungry, sick, or too traumatized to learn.- Mayor Jim Kenney -
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This series of maps illustrates stress indicators which are being used to provide context for understanding community schools neighborhoods