Community Schools

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

About

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.

Connect

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

Schools

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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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

  • Dec
    7
    Get Fit Saturdays
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Murrell Dobbins High School, 2150 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA

    Get Fit Saturdays

    December 7, 2019
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Murrell Dobbins High School, 2150 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA
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    Come out to Dobbins on Saturdays for healthy activities for the whole family. This weekly fitness and fun event includes tai chi, yoga, youth basketball, babysitter certification, and more!
  • Dec
    9
    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

    December 9, 2019
    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!
  • Dec
    10
    Pop-up Food Pantry
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Pop-up Food Pantry

    December 10, 2019
    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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