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Initiative Name: Cincinnati Community Learning Centers
Leadership Type: District led
Location Type: Urban
Address: 2651 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati , OH 45219 US
Phone: 513-325-9708


Cincinnati Public Schools is creating campuses that strengthen this link between schools and communities. These schools, known as Community Learning Centers (CLC), act as hubs for community services, providing access for students and families to health, safety and social services, as well as recreational, educational and cultural opportunities. CPS is garnering national recognition for its work to create these Community Learning Centers district-wide, not just in isolated neighborhoods. The goal of Community Learning Centers is to support student achievement, revitalize neighborhoods and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.

Services/Programs Offered

CLCs provide programming during and beyond the school day and year round, including after school and summer enrichment, intergraded and comprehensive health services, adult education, early childhood education, college access, parent/family engagement, mentoring and tutoring. Unique partnerships are customized to each site. For example, an international welcome center at the Roberts CLC in partnership with the Guatemalan and Mexican consulates attracts more than 800 families. Legal assistance, tax preparers, English classes, social activities and regular coffee talk hours are catalysts for a new global community. At the Pleasant Ridge Montessori CLC, the parents and commu-nity created the first neighborhood Montessori program in the region and the first silver LEED certified school in Ohio. A partnership with Xavier University's Montessori Education Department is further transforming the school to become the first professional development school in the district.


At the school level, Cincinnati CLCs use a partnership organization chart. Partners are organized into teams based on the various services they provide, and are assigned a coordinating partner. For example, the Mental Health K-8 Team is coordinated by a representative from St Aloysius Orphanage who coordinates seven partners at the schools. Partners can belong to more than one team. The overlap between teams help create more accountability and awareness of activities across the team.

At an initiative level, Cincinnati uses an innovative partnership model called the cross-boundary leadership team to align partners towards common goals. Networks have been developed to bring partners together to create a collaborative focused on one area of programming. Resources are pooled and the capacity of services offered to students is maximized. An example is CincyAfterSchool, a youth development network that provides after-school academic and enrichment programs for students. Caring adults in organizations such as the YMCA, the Urban League, Families Forward and the Boys and Girls Club are committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of Cincinnati Public Schools' children and families.

Partners List
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • The CLC Institute
  • United Way
  • The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • YMCA
  • City of Cincinnati Health Depart-ment
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Xavier University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Civic Garden Center
  • Adopt a Class
  • And hundreds of other organizations and agencies


        Cincinnati CLCs use data collected from the Ohio state report card, including attendance, mobility, demographics, and academic outcomes. Cincinnati CLC also collects information on their Learning Partner Dashboard to track resources that students receive as well as academic data. This data helps capture partner effectiveness.

  • Since adopting the CLC strategy, Cincinnati is the first urban district in Ohio to receive an "effective" rating and is the highest performing urban district in Ohio.
  • High school graduation rates have climbed from 51% in 2000 to 81.9% in 2010.
  • Achievement gap between African American students and white students narrowed from 14.5% in 2003 to 1.2% in 2010.
  • Schools have become more representative of neighborhood demographics, and enrollment declines have been reversed with almost 5,000 more students than initially projected.

Funding Sources

A $1 billion Facilities Master Plan, driven by the Board of Education in 2002 with a promise that each school would be built or renovated with a vision of a community learning center. The foundational element of the initiative was and continues to be the engagement of each school and its surrounding neighborhood in the planning, implementation and ongoing governance of its community learning centers. Review the board policy.

Initially, 21st Century Community Schools Grant funded the first nine CLCs. Partners contribute staff and other resources for CLC programming.

Resources for the Field

Cincinnati Community Learning Centers received the National Community School Initiative Award for Excellence in 2013. For a detailed view of their profile click here.

At the school level, Cincinnati's Ethel M. Taylor Academy received a National Award for Excellence from the Coalition for Community Schools in 2010 for the progress made in improving academic outcomes for their children and families. For a detailed view of the school's profile, click here.

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Initiative Demographics

34 full implemented community schools
26 Elementary Schools, 8 High Schools
16,000 students served in community schools

Student Ethnic Distribution

  • African-American 68.8%
  • Caucasian 23.7%
  • Multiracial 4.6%
  • Hispanic 1.9%
  • Asian 0.8%
  • American Indian 0.1%

Other Demographics

  • 69.7% economically disadvantaged
  • 3.7% limited english proficient
  • 21% students with disabilities
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