What are Community Schools?
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. Community schools offer curriculum that emphasizes real world learning and community problem solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone all day, every day, evenings, and weekends.
Community Schools are Result Focused!
• Children are ready to enter school and attend school consistently
• Students are actively involved in learning and their
• Families are involved with their children's education
• Students succeed academically
• Students are healthy -physically, socially, and emotionally
• Students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable
• Schools are engaged with families and communities
• Communities are desirable places to live
• Improve academic performance
• Promotes family stability
• School Attendance
• Positive Youth Development
• Parent and community leaders engagement
• Increase self-esteem and parent-student-school relationships
• Decrease achievement gap for socially and economically disadvantage
Community Schools also:
The Austin Project works with local schools and their adjacent neighborhoods to offer an array of services that meet the needs of families in a comprehensive way. Through Family Resource Centers established at the schools, the programs address health and wellness opportunities, early care and education opportunities, promote career development and support leadership and character education