Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results:
Children are ready to learn when they enter school and every day thereafter. All students learn and achieve to high standards.
Young people are well prepared for adult roles in the workplace, as parents and as citizens.
Families and neighborhoods are safe, supportive and engaged.
Parents and community members are involved with the school and their own life-long learning.
Research tells us that young people need a wide range of opportunities available to them in order to succeed. All of our children, regardless of their economic situation and racial or family circumstances, deserve access to opportunities which will allow for success.
§ Cultural differences
§ Too much unstructured time
§ Disinterest in the educational process
§ Health concerns
§ Unsafe school environments
§ Lack of funding for schools
Students are motivated and engaged in learning – both in school and in community settings, during and after school.Young people develop their assets and talents, form positive relationships with peers and adults, and serve as resources to their communities.
The basic physical, mental and emotional health needs of young people and their families are recognized and addressed. Family resource centers, early childhood development programs, coordinated health, mental health and social services, counseling, and other supports enhance family life by building upon individuals’ strengths and skills.
There is mutual respect and effective collaboration among parents, families and school staff. Family members and other residents actively participate in designing, supporting, monitoring and advocating quality programs and activities in the school and community.
Community engagement, together with school efforts, promotes a school climate that is safe, supportive and respectful and connects students to a broader learning community. All participants focus on strengthening the local leadership, social networks, economic viability and physical infrastructure of the surrounding community.