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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: Dayton Neighborhood School Centers
Leadership Type: University Assisted
Location Type: Urban
Address: 300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469 US
Phone: (937) 229-5400


Initiated and led by the Dayton Foundation from 2006-2011, the Neighborhood School Centers is now an innovative educational partnership led by Dayton Public Schools (DPS). This partnership brings together five Dayton Public Elementary Schools, non-profit agencies and the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton with the aim of realizing educational achievement, supporting the success of young people, engaging parents, and building positive community support. The partnership links DPS elementary schools with lead non-profit agencies while the Fitz Center plays an intermediary role of supporting the School Teams at the five Neighborhood School Centers. The principal provides leadership at the site level with the site coordinator and Community Education Council (CEC).

Services/Programs Offered

·         Extended day and after-school homework help

·         Tutoring and mentoring from university students

·         Literacy programs and events

·         Arts and cultural enrichment

·         Health, wellness, and athletic activities

·         Parent engagement activities

·         Health fairs with immunizations

·         Summer Day Camps

·         Student intern support from the Fitz Center

·         Development of Safe Routes to Schools

·         Neighborhood meetings and events hosted in the school buildings


·         Lead Non-Profit Partners

o   YMCA of Greater Dayton (Cleveland PreK-6 and Edison PreK-8)

o   Unified Health Solutions (Fairview PreK-8)

o   The Salvation Army (Kiser PreK-8)

o   East End Community Services (Ruskin PreK-8)

·         Funding Partners

o   Dayton Public Schools

o   Montgomery County

o   The Dayton Foundation

o   The University of Dayton

o   United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

·         Over 70 building-level partnerships forged by NSC site coordinators.


·         5 year performance index trend for the district: 70 for 2007-2008 to 75.6 for 2011-2012

·         In a community with a strong choice environment and no fixed attendance boundaries, the 5 Neighborhood School Centers have averaged a 22% increase in the voluntary choice by students and their families living within 1½ miles of the school building over the past four years, reducing busing costs to the District.

·         Successful completion in 2012 of decade long $627 million construction program to build or renovate 26 schools including the 5 Neighborhood School Centers

·         Increased average attendance rate (currently 93.1%) at the 5 Neighborhood School Centers

·         Over 70 partnerships with business, nonprofit and faith based organizations developed by the program

Funding Sources

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Resources for the Field

Initiative Demographics

Total Students (Dayton Public Schools)
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