Mayor's Office of Education

Community Schools


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.

Successful community schools leverage public, private, and philanthropic resources to address challenges that keep our students from learning. By meeting the needs of the whole child and the neighborhoods in which they live, community schools better support students and families, and address non-academic barriers like violence, hunger, or homelessness, which too often keep students from succeeding in the classroom.

Through a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Healthy School Coordinators work with community schools staff to focus on preventative health practices and promote healthy lifestyles for children and families.


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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 -


Mayor Kenney has committed to creating 25 community schools during his first term in office. The following schools have been selected as the first cohort of community schools:
  1. William Cramp Elementary School
  2. Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
  3. F.S. Edmonds Elementary School
  4. Edward Gideon Elementary School
  5. Kensington Health Sciences Academy
  6. Logan Elementary School
  7. Southwark Elementary School
  8. South Philadelphia High School
  9. Tilden Middle School

To learn more about the needs and priorities identified by each school, visit our collection of community schools plans.

An application will be released in early 2017 for schools interested in joining the second cohort of community schools. These schools will be selected by Spring 2017.