"School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students. But when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge".
- Carnegie Council on adolescent Development (1989)
What Are Community Schools?
Community School is a model focused on achieving educational success and develop the social, emotional and physical well-being of students, families, and the community.
Community schools provide multiple services through intentional partnerships to provide opportunities, optimize impact, and address the identified needs. We aim at closing any service gaps that can act as a barrier to learning while proactively offering initiatives to as part of learning through the whole-child lens.
Community schools are equitable and culturally aware. Through shared leadership, effective coordination, and, collective responsibility for student success, the opportunities and services are integrated into the fabric of daily life in school and into the landscape of the school community. (Center for Strategic Community Innovation)
What does a community school look like?
While each community school is unique, Redwood City Community Schools have the following common features:
Community schools, first and foremost, emphasize learning. We believe all students can succeed and be held to high academic standards.
Comprehensive services and cradle-to-career initiatives are integrated into the school culture.
True collaboration between school, partners, families and community drives the planning, implementation, evaluation, advocacy and decision-making.
Coordination and Integration:
Programs and services are coordinated and supported by a Community School Coordinator. The Family Center holds the space for encounter (including an open door policy for families) and is the vehicle for multi-partu communication and collaboration.
Redwood City Community Schools:
Fair Oaks Community School; Garfield Community School, Hawes School, Hoover Community School, Kennedy Middle School, Selby School, and Taft Community School
Community Schools Strategies
• Family Engagement: Adult Education, Parenting, Outreach; Leadership; Events, Volunteerism; Coaching and Support
• Extended Day Learning Programs: Before and After School Programs; clubs, sports, youth leadership, summer programs
• Family Support Services: Counseling, access to benefits, health insurance, referrals, basic needs ; food resources, etc.
• Coordination of Services: SSTs, Community School Task Force, inter-agency colaboration
For more information: Pati Ortiz, Director of School-Community Partnerships @ 650-423-2268, email@example.com or Veronica Lobos, 650-423-2193, firstname.lastname@example.org