Cincinnati Public Schools has had tremendous success in using its Community Learning Centers
to mitigate the effects of poverty on learning and raising academic achievement for its most at-risk populations. And the rest of the nation is starting to take note. Amy Scott, of American Public Media's Marketplace program spent extensive time documenting the success of Oyler School in the city's Lower Price Hill neighborhood. The school provides wraparound services and academic support for children as young as 6 months old through graduation.
Oyler Community Learning Center in Cincinnati, OH is a PK-12 community school. The predominantly Urban Appalachian neighborhood in which Oyler is located has always struggled with very low graduation rates. However, since becoming a community school, Oyler's students are graduating from high school and matriculating to college in record numbers. Oyler has graduated more students in the neighborhood from high school in the past 3 years than in the collective 85 prior years. Oyler has steadily improved student achievement. The school has moved from a starting point of Academic Emergency in 2006-2007 through Academic Watch in 2007-2009 and is now in Continuous Improvement for the second straight year. Since 2006-2007, the school has improved its Ohio Performance Index every year, up 21.7 points. Oyler is part of a district-wide community school initiative
that is seeing results: in 2010-2011 Cincinnati Public Schools earned the Effective category
of the state's rating system for the second straight year.
Olyer School’s website
Oyler is part of a district-wide community school initiative. Read the story of how they scaled up community school work here
Oyler in the News
About Cincinnati's Community Learning Centers
The Community Learning Centers
Initiative started in 2001 when the Board of Education adopted a vision for a district-wide redevelopment of all schools as centers of their community. A $1 billion Facilities Master Plan was approved by the voters in 2002 with a promise that each school would be a community learning center. The foundational element of the initiative is the engagement of each school and its surrounding neighborhood in the planning, implementation and ongoing governance of its community learning centers. Another key principle is that all partnerships must be financially self-sustaining without dependence upon the school budget.
The goals of the CLC are to support student achievement, revitalize neighborhoods and maximize the community’s return on their financial investments. CLCs act as hubs for community services, providing access for students, families and community to health, safety and social services, as well as recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.
Read CPS’ Parameters for Partnerships
About the Community Learning Center Institute
The Community Learning Center Institute leads the community engagement component of the district-wide Community Learning Center initiative in the city. CLCI helps each Community Learning Center develops its partners and governance structure.