Model Program

Coalition for Community Schools

4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20008

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Contact Information:
Sarah S. Pearsons
Deputy Director

Program Specification:






Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


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. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone - all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results: Children are ready to learn when they enter school and every day thereafter. All students learn and achieve to high standards. Young people are well prepared for adult roles in the workplace, as parents and as citizens. Families and neighborhoods are safe, supportive and engaged. Parents and community members are involved with the school and their own life-long learning.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Computer Assisted Instruction, Extra Curricular, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation

Family factors

  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)

Evaluation Information:

Evaluations examined the impact of 20 community school initiatives across America, focusing in particular on outcomes that directly affect student learning. Although not all evaluations looked at every outcome, their collective results clearly show that community schools make the difference for students in four important ways: Community schools improve student learning. Community schools promote family engagement with students and schools. Community schools help schools function more effectively. Community schools add vitality to communities.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: