Community schools leverage the resources of the whole community – students, families, educators, and community partners – to build relationship-centered, supportive, and equitable school communities where learning is culturally-rooted, inclusive, rigorous, and relevant.
Community schools hold students, and their families, at the heart of the school. “We will do anything for our students!” say community school principals. Community schools see students’ families as assets and partners, not “clients” or occasional stakeholders.
Student service providers, public agencies, community-based organizations, municipal entities, and advocates work together to support student well-being and learning. Dedicated staffing, relational infrastructure, and creative funding sustains community school systems.
Families and students are partners in learning. Students and families have voice and agency in school development. Students and families are actively supported to participate meaningfully in data-driven conversations and decision-making.
Community schools create systems to integrate mental, physical, and behavioral health services into the school. All adults at the school actively work to support students' social-emotional development, cultivate a learning environment of safety and belonging.
Community schools expand the time and opportunities available for learning, starting with the youngest learners, and continuing to support strong college/career transitions. In the classroom, students receive quality instruction in core subjects that is rigorous, relevant, and culturally attuned. Students have voice and choice in their learning and development.