How to Start a Community School

The following resources and tools will help you design and implement community schools at the school-site level.  These resources are divided into several interconnected steps that will help you get started. Many of the resources in this toolkit originate from community schools initiatives around the country that have been working on developing community schools for many years.

Community Schools Overview

Here are resources that provide an overview of the community school strategy:

Starting a Community School: Tools to Guide 

Vision and Strategic Plan
Building a Leadership Team
Needs and Capacity Assessments
Sharing Space and Facilities
Financing your Community School
Research and Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

Overview: How to Start Your Community School

Vision and Strategic Plan

Building a Leadership Team

Needs & Capacity Assessments
Sharing Space and Facilities
Financing your Community School
Research and Evaluation 
The tabs above will help you navigate this toolkit.
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