Community Schools

Working with the entire school community to identify pressing needs and bring resources directly into schools.


Community schools address a neighborhood’s unique challenges within a public school setting. Each school has a full-time coordinator who gathers input on the community’s most pressing concerns. Students, parents, teachers, and neighbors voice their ideas and shape the conversation.

A community’s needs often include:

  • Expanded medical services.
  • After-school programming.
  • Job training.

The coordinator works with service providers and City agencies to bring these resources to the schools. In this way, community schools make programs and services more accessible to everyone.


1515 Arch St.
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Cohort 1 - 2016

Cohort 2 - 2017

Cohort 3 - 2019

Hamilton Disston School
Andrew K. McClure School
Overbrook Educational Center
John H. Webster School
Richard R. Wright School

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Community schools act as neighborhood centers. Through local partnerships, they address resource gaps and cater to their community’s specific needs.

Their programs also have a proven effect on their students’ success:

  • In one of the most high-poverty areas of Los Angeles, there’s a community school where 99 percent of high school graduates go to college.
  • In Cincinnati, students who received support services saw higher gains in reading and math scores than those who didn’t. Services included tutoring, college access, and after-school enrichment.
  • In Austin, a pair of struggling schools went from the brink of closure to becoming two of the city’s highest-performing schools.