Every Community School is different and reflects the strengths and needs of its students, families, and local community. However, the most successful Community Schools are anchored in a set of common values that serve as a foundation:
- Strong instruction designed to provide personalized learning opportunities for students.
- Robust engagement, anchored in positive youth development, ensuring that schools are welcoming and empowering to students, families and community members.
- Continuous improvement using school and student data to tailor programming and instruction focused on results.
Expanded Learning Time
Early Childhood Education
Health and Mental Health Services
Parent and Family Engagement
Guidance and Social Services
Adult and Family Services
Dedicated Community School Director
Ongoing Needs Assessment
Defined Community Partnerships
Intentional Coordination of Services
Strategic Data Collection & Analysis
Authentic School-Based Governance
Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools (Center for Popular Democracy)
Coalition for Community Schools
Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools
A Practical Guide (Finance Project / Children's Aid Society)