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Four Pillars of Community Schools

Community Schools are located throughout the United States and internationally. Because each Community School is a reflection of local needs, assets, and priorities, no two look exactly alike. What they do share are four pillars that together create the conditions necessary for students to thrive.

The four pillars are:

Integrated Student Supports

A dedicated staff member coordinates support programs to address out-of-school learning barriers for students and families. Mental and physical health programs support student success.

Active Family and Community Engagement

Schools function as neighborhood hubs. There are educational opportunities for adults, and family members can share their stories and serve as equal partners in promoting student success.

Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities

Enrichment activities emphasize real-world learning and community problem solving. After-school, weekend, and summer programs provide academic instruction and individualized support.

Collaborative Leadership and Practices

Parents, students, teachers, principals, and community partners build a culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility through site-based leadership teams and teacher learning communities.