Partnerships with the community are integral to a Community School model. By definition, a Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. This integrated focus with the community on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. At the Center for Community School Strategies, we help schools and districts align partnerships with an overall plan of action for student and family success.
According to the Coalition for Community Schools of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., Community Schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to achieve these results: Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently; students are actively involved in learning and their community; families are increasingly involved with their children’s education; schools are engaged with families and communities; students succeed academically; students are healthy – physically, socially, and emotionally; students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live.