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:
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