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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: Hartford Community Schools
Leadership Type: District led
Location Type: Urban
Address: 960 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103 US
Phone: 860- 695-8686


The Hartford Community Schools model is a strategy for aligning resources to support student achievement, strengthen families and build stronger communities. With a focus on extended days and hours, expanded relationships and opportunities; students and families are invited to make use of the school site as the center of community life for learning, recreation and building neighborhood connections. In 2007 Hartford’s Mayor and Superintendent convened The School Community Partnership to act as the planning body for the development of community schools in Hartford. In 2008, five schools were selected as the first cohort of Hartford Community Schools. In the spring of 2011, two additional schools will be developed as community schools. A policy framework is also being established to plan for the evolution of all district schools as community schools.

Services/Programs Offered

Health Services - medical, dental and vision screening services as well as sports and recreational activities
Mental Health Services - clinical services, case management, crisis interventions and specialized referrals
Youth Development/Out-of-School Time - safe school buildings are open for extended days and hours, providing youth development and leadership programming, academic enrichment, homework help, tutoring, recreational, cultural and summer school programs
Life-Long Learning - adult education opportunities include English as a Second Language, GED courses, financial literacy and technology classes
Parent Enrichment/Engagement - schools involve parents in meaningful ways through family dinners/PTO meetings, effective communication, parenting workshops, cultural events and civic engagement opportunities
Community Engagement - effective partnerships with private businesses and civic organizations promote the development of the community and stability of the neighborhood


·         Achieve Hartford!
·         Achievement First
·         Aetna, Inc. 
·         Bank of America
·         Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
·         Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.
·         Evolution1, Inc.
·         Hamilton Sundstrand: A United Technologies Company
·         Hartford Hospital
·         Hartford Public Library
·         National Academy Foundation
·         Newman’s Own® Foundation
·         Northeast Utilities
·         Our Piece of the Pie®
·         People’s United Bank
·         Prudential Retirement
·         Robinson & Cole LLP
·         Say Yes to Education


Overview of Results
  • Hartford Community Schools increased their state test scores by 5.6 points from 2009 to 2010. This represented twice the district's average increase over the same time period, and 15% growth since 2008. This increase was maintained in the following year. 
  • Between the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 school years, reading proficiency scores increased by over 10 percentage points 
  • School attendance for children participating in afterschool programs has increased school attendance by 1% – 3%
  • Proficiency across math, reading and writing performance increased or remained the same across all three years for after-school participants, while performance decreased in math and writing for non after-school participants.

Hartford Community Schools are regularly measured in four discrete outcome areas, including student, school, family, and community level outcomes, using a range of indicators. An independent assessment conducted by an external evaluation firm found some or strong progress in all four outcome areas during the first three years of operation. In addition to these findings, Hartford Community Schools have also achieved significant efficiency of service provision by linking delivery to a central point of service that is easily accessible and comfortable for students and families.

For more information, review the Hartford Community Schools Evaluation 2009-2011

Funding Sources

The School-Community Partnership is a collaborative of Hartford Public Schools, local funders, city departments and intermediaries which guides the work of Hartford Community Schools. Hartford Community Schools is currently funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford Public Schools, the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Additional funding sources for programming at Hartford Community Schools include the CT State Department of Education, family and community foundations, federal and state contracts and in-kind agency contributions.

The Hartford Foundation has committed $3.1 million over three years in support of a public-private partnership to help develop "community schools" in Hartford. members of the Hartford Community-School Partnership, which launched in July, 2008, are the Hartford Public Schools, the City of Hartford Mayor’s Office (including Hartford Office for Young Children and Office for Youth Services), and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. The partnership is an outgrowth of a plan developed by Superintendent Steven Adamowski to create a new system of high quality, high performing schools to close the urban-suburban achievement gap. 

Resources for the Field

Hartford Community Schools received the National Community School Initiative Award for Excellence in 2013. For a detailed view of their profile click here. Hartford is also nationally recognized by the Children's Aid Society for integration of an independent evaluation in community school building in 2012.

Overview Resources:

Expanded Learning:

Policy Resources:

Initiative Demographics

The following is a break down demographics of students served by Hartford Public Schools:

Total number of students enrolled in all Hartford Public Schools (2009) - 21,216

Graduation Rate – 69.3

The following is a break down demographics of students served by Hartford Community Schools:

Student Ethnic Demographics

  • Hispanic/Latino – 57%
  • Black/African American – 28%
  • White – 7%
  • Other – 4%
  • Asian – 3% 

Other Demographics

  • Approximately one-quarter (26%) of Hartford Community School students are English Language Learners and the vast majority (93%) receive free or reduced lunch. 
  • Compared to Hartford Public Schools as a whole, Hartford Community Schools include higher percentages of Hispanic/Latino (57% compared to 52%), and ELL students (26% compared to 16%).
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