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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: Brooklyn Center Full Service Community Schools
Leadership Type: District led
Location Type: Suburban
Address: 6500 Humboldt Ave. North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 US
Phone: 763. 561. 2120


Brooklyn Center is a small school district just outside of the Twin Cities. In 2009, with support from the school board and Superintendent Keith Lester, Brooklyn Center became the first district-wide full service community schools district in Minnesota. By uniting community, Brooklyn Center Community Schools strive to support the academic, social, and emotional development of students and families, empowering them to become caring and responsible citizens at home and in the world. Brooklyn Center’s mission is to empower each learner to excel academically, socially and emotionally, while capitalizing on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the students, staff and community.

Services/Programs Offered

·         Brooklyn Center Community Schools is dedicated to coordinated academic, enrichment, and wellness/support service, including: Rigorous academic programs (IB World Schools, Arts Magnet School of Excellence, and Technology Integration. 
·         Before, after school and summer programs, including college and career readiness programs. Free and fee-based available
·         Family Resources Rooms in each school
·         Family & early childhood education and adult education courses. Parent involvement courses (PreK - 12)
·         All Day Pre-K and Kindergarten classes
·         Health Resource Center built into the high school to provide all youth access to medical, dental, mental health, vision, and health care insurance access services.
·         In-school & afterschool tutoring and mentoring
·         Service learning
·         Literacy programs
·         Community Recreation Center; on-site
·         Child Care & Teen Parents Center


Main Partners:

·         YMCA

·         Hennepin County

·         City of Brooklyn Center

·         Big Brothers Big Sisters

·         Campfire USA

·         Park Nicolet Foundation

·         Family Partnership

·         United Way –Twin Cities

·         Brooklyn Center Rotary

·         Lions and Business Association

·         University of Minnesota

·         Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin

·         Students in Action/Jefferson Awards/Close up D.C.

·         NW Hennepin Family Services Collaborative

·         MN Minority Education Partnership

Click here to see full list of partners


·         Mobility has decreased from 35% to 26% in the last 4 years.
·         Standardized test scores are starting to increase in most areas.
·         The percentage of students graduating and going onto post secondary education has doubled to 80% in 2010 in the last 4 years.
·         Behavior incidents have decreased by 75% in the last 4 years.
·         Over 200 parents have joined the Parents of Power Program, a four-week course for parents on under-standing and learning to navigate the education system.
·         Since opening February 2010, the Health Resource Center has served over 3,000 students.

Funding Sources

The Brooklyn Center Community Schools initiative has over 100 partnership programs – all at no-cost to the school.

Resources for the Field

Initiative Demographics

The Community of Brooklyn Center (Standard and Poor’s 2005)
School District #286 Household Population: 7,615
Households in Districts: 3,064
Single-Parent Households with Children 12.8%
Median Household Income $57,592

The 2.8 square mile first ring suburb of Minneapolis District serves a diverse community in educational programs pre-K to 12th grade with an approximate total student enrollment of 1,700. Earle Brown Elementary School serves over 1000 students in grades Kindergarten to 6th grade. Preschool aged children receive services through Early Childhood Family Education. The high school serves over 700 seventh through twelfth graders through an eight period day plan. The Brooklyn Center Academy (formerly ALC) serves approximately 50 students in grades 9-12.

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