New York City’s Community Schools recognize that we must support the whole child, and the child’s family, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Each school has a Lead Community-Based Organization (CBO) partner that coordinates and delivers comprehensive services through a Community School Director (CSD), who is a CBO employee. In addition, the Office of Community Schools (OCS) provides support and partners with other DOE departments, city agencies, and philanthropic partners, allowing schools to efficiently access resources.
What Will You Find in a Community School?
- Expanded learning programs help students reach high educational standards before and after the traditional school day and over the summer. This includes academic tutoring, sports, music lessons, book clubs, and robotics. The more time students spend at school, the more they learn.
- School-based health services provide students with access to medical care. Healthy students attend more days of school.
- Mental health counselors address student needs, including the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma. Dealing with stress allows students to focus on learning.
- Student engagement strategies such as individualized mentoring and tutoring help keep students at school, with better attendance records and on track to graduation.
- Robust family engagement creates a school environment where parents, teachers, administrators, and community groups work as partners.
- Adult education programs provide parents and caregivers with skills to improve their lives.
Community Schools and New York City
Beginning in fall 2014, 45 schools became NYC Community Schools as part of an Attendance Improvement and Drop-Out Prevention grant in partnership with United Way NYC. During fall 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Community Schools model would be central to the City's efforts to support all 94 Renewal Schools. Currently, there are 150 Community Schools. You can find them on a map on the City Hall website.
Overall, the Office of Community Schools supports a network of 240 schools that partner with CBOs to increase opportunities for students and families including NYC Community Schools, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention grantees.
After School Programs
After School programs offer increased learning opportunities for students and critical support for families. Mayor de Blasio’s administration has launched an unprecedented expansion of after school programs – most of which are in New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) schools. The Office of Community Schools offers support to schools and after school program providers and is a liaison between the NYC DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development. Find out about the different NYC DOE after school programs available.
Ways to Get Involved
- Meet with your Parent Coordinator and your Parent Outreach Specialist or attend the annual Community School Forum. For more information about parent leadership in Community Schools, call (718)935-3000 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Philanthropic Partners