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Elements of Community Schools

Research and literature related to community schools identify the following elements:

  1. Formal partnerships with community agencies, corporate sponsors, and other social organizations.
  2. A community school committee which may include principals, community-based organizations, families, community members, and school staff. 
  3. Community and family engagement intended to involve students, parents, and neighbors.
  4. A resource coordinator.
  5. Integrated programs designed to promote and build both individual and community wellness (often including health care).
  6. Extended learning opportunities in the form of additional or extended school days.
  7. Organized extracurricular before or after school programs.
  8. A commitment to high quality education outcomes.
  9. An organized approach to teacher and administrator professional development.