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.
We cannot expect our children to succeed academically if they come to school hungry, sick, or too traumatized to learn.- Mayor Jim Kenney -
Cohort 1We announced the first cohort of community schools on July 18, 2016:
- William Cramp Elementary School
- Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
- F.S. Edmonds Elementary School
- Edward Gideon Elementary School
- Kensington Health Sciences Academy
- Logan Elementary School
- Southwark Elementary School
- South Philadelphia High School
- Tilden Middle School
To learn more about the needs and priorities identified by the Cohort 1 schools in their first year, visit our collection community schools plans.
On July 12, 2017, we announced the second cohort of community schools*:
- Samuel Gompers Elementary School
- George Washington High School
*The city was only able to expand to two additional schools in 2017 due to ongoing litigation against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.
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Top 10 Community Schools Moments from Year 1
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This series of maps illustrates stress indicators which are being used to provide context for understanding community schools neighborhoods