This section includes various models of existing community school programs. Models include out of school time resources, job training for parents, medical/dental care, nutrition programs, and other services provided through community resources and partnerships.
The Amhersth Wilder Foundation
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit community organization that helps children, families and older adults in the greater Saint Paul and East Metro area through direct service programs, research, leadership development and community building. They provide models for community school programs, ones that have been successful in the past.
Chicago Schools Initiative (CSI) is managed by the Chicago Public Schools and is the largest community schools system in the nation with over 175 schools partnered with about 50 non-profit organizations. CSI transforms selected public schools to become community centers that are open with resources during the late afternoons, evenings, weekends and into the summer. The initiative provides job training for parents, access to medical and dental care on site, art lessons, and out of school time
The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society has partnered with the New York City Department of Education since 1992. They currently collaborate in 19 community schools, located in Washington Heights, Harlem, the South Bronx and Staten Island. These Community Schools are based on a “developmental triangle,” which calls for a strong instructional program, expanded learning opportunities through enrichment and services designed to remove barriers to students’ learning and healthy development, so that they can thrive academically and socially.
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC) is a Federal Full-Service Community School Grantee that partners with local nonprofit and government agencies to provide health and human services for youth and their families. The CSC works to reduce school drop outs, teen pregnancies, drug use, and crimes by fostering strong bonds with young people and community affiliates.
Closing the Gap in Student Performance is an initiative formed by the partnerships of twenty-five different agencies that include: local non-profits, faith-based charities, schools and government agencies to establish community partnerships in specified schools within the Buffalo Public Schools District. The initiative addresses the non-academic barriers that affect families and hinder academic success.
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Coalition for Community Schools
The Coalition for Community Schools, located at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks.
The Community and School Engagement Strategy is a program sponsored by the Family League of Baltimore that integrates academic enrichment, health and social supports, strong families, and healthy communities to provide resources that are open to all community members. The program partners with cultural institutions, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and schools to provide services that include out of school time programs, activities to develop new skills, and nutrition resources.
The Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI) works in the Greater Cincinnati community to develop learning centers in schools in order to revitalize community partnerships and respond to the needs of each school and neighborhood. The CLCI implements successful strategies through community engagement, site-based governance, partnership networks, cross boundary leaderships and resource coordinators.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) is based in Evansville, Indiana and views each of their schools as a "community school" in which businesses, community agencies, and families work together to provide children with the best education possible. EVSC works to establish an infrastructure of support in school communities and providse programs and services that promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of children and their families.
The Federation of Community Schools
The Federation for Community Schools was created through the Chicago Campaign to Expand Community Schools and the Chicago Coalition for Community Schools in order to share best practices and advocate for community schools in Illinois. Today the Federation represents hundreds of community schools and partnerships in the area. They have developed a vibrant professional learning community for their members by providing trainings and resources that increase their capacity to implement the community school strategy so as to best support students and families.
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Fort Wayne Community Schools has a 91% graduation rate and students that go on to be extremely successful, they provide diversity and world class academics, athletic teams, and art programs as well as many other activities and programs for students to be involved with.
Goshen Community Schools
The Goshen Community School located in Indiana is a model of community schools that ensures all students acquire knowledge and apply skills that enhance tomorrow’s opportunities.
Kent School Services Network is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was created by the Kent County Family and Children's Coordinating Council in order to create strategies on how to use community resources to support achievement. The initiative has tripled over a period of five years and been very successful by increasing student achievement, lowering student absences, and improving coordination of services.
Lincoln Community Learning Centers (CLC) operates in more than twenty-four schools in Nebraska and follows the six "Community Learning Center Principles:" collaboration, integration of services, lifelong learning culture, outcome focused, community leadership, and neighborhood based. Lincoln CLCs utilizes a delivery system model that uses local schools to provide enrichment programs and supportive services for citizens of all ages in the community.
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
LSNA is a nationally recognized model of successful collaboration between a community organization and public schools, creating a community-centered school that serves immigrant families.
The SUN Service System, which stands for Schools Uniting Neighborhoods works in communities to lead to educational success and family self-sufficiency through an integrated network of social and support services for youth, families and community members.
National Center for Community Schools
The role of the National Center is to build the capacity of schools, districts, community partners and government agencies to help them create a school that centers around student success. By providing training, consultation, facilitation, materials and advocacy, The National Center helps create community schools all over the country that provide students with the education they need to be successful.
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
RFK Community Schools is comprised of six autonomous Pilot Schools that were built to relieve underperforming and overcrowded schools located in the historically underserved neighborhoods of Pico-Union and Koreatown. Students are given a personalized instructional program that will help them be successful in their futures.
Utica Community Schools
UCS is a coalition of community schools in Michigan that have been successfully implemented that encourages everyone to reach their highest potential no matter their age or learning style.