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