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Community Schools

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

About

Community Schools are a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and school communities to remove barriers to learning and support the success of each student.

The long-term goal of Community Schools is to ensure that every student graduates college-, career-, and community-ready - and that communities are healthy, safe, hopeful, and supportive.

In each Community School, a Community School Coordinator supports strategic partnerships and programs that promote wellness, stability, and learning opportunities for students, families, and neighbors.

There are currently 17 City-designated Community Schools, serving nearly 10,000 students. Community Schools are supported by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

 

What we do

Philadelphia Community Schools focus on the following core components of work:

School Climate

Examples: School events, resource fairs, and attendance supports

Authentic Family & Community Engagement

Examples: Arts and culture events, adult education classes, and parent cafés

Integrated Health & Social Services

Examples: Water and hydration campaigns, farmer’s markets and food backpack programs, and health resource fairs

Expanded Learning Time & Opportunities

Examples: Quality out-of-school time programs, youth summer employment, and career exploration

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email education@phila.gov

Schools

Cohort 1 - 2016

Cohort 2 - 2017

Cohort 3 - 2019

Get Involved

Benefits

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.

Events

  • May
    4
    Fresh Produce Distribution at Gideon Elementary
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Gideon Edward School, 2817 W Glenwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Fresh Produce Distribution at Gideon Elementary

    May 4, 2020
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
    Gideon Edward School, 2817 W Glenwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    Stop by Gideon and pick up free produce for you and your whole family!
  • May
    4
    First Monday Resource Fair
    4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Edward Gideon Elementary School, 2817 W. Glenwood Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121

    First Monday Resource Fair

    May 4, 2020
    4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, 3 hours
    Edward Gideon Elementary School, 2817 W. Glenwood Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121
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  • May
    5
    Pop-up Food Pantry
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Pop-up Food Pantry

    May 5, 2020
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
    Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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    Stop by for free, healthy groceries! This pantry is run by the People’s Emergency Center and features perishable and nonperishable food. Drexel’s Eat Right Philly program hosts cooking demonstrations. Save the date on Facebook!

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