What if a school wasn’t only for students to learn reading and math, but where migrant families could receive legal aid, or teenagers could find therapists, or a child could see a doctor? That’s the idea behind community schools — to serve the needs of students and their families. California has committed $3 billion to convert thousands of its public schools into these community schools in the next seven years.
The UCLA Center for Community Schooling, directed by Karen Hunter Quartz, helps run a few existing community schools in LA.
One of them is in Koreatown — called the RFK UCLA Community School. The public campus serves about 1,000 students from transitional kindergarten to grade 12, and they’re taught by mostly bilingual educators of color, says Quartz.
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