Core Capacities

Below is a brief overview of each of the core capacities of a Community School. See also the Stages of Development rubric.




Shared leadership supports families as drivers of school engagement and learning so that...

  • Authentic school governance connects families through forums and events, and offers targeted adult education
  • Family leader expertise is valued and developed through a "ladder of engagement"
  • Teachers, CBOs, and families collaborate to support student learning


Delivers the right services to the right student at the right time through...

  • New community partners to provide integrated services
  • Extended Learning Time, which ensures coherence in curriculum and instruction across the school day


Nurtures students' connection to the school and the community through integrated supports that...

  • Develop students' academic and personal behavior
  • Create supportive environments
  • Improve relationships (students:adults and among students)
  • Give students a sense of ownership/leadership in the school

Continuous Improvement

Captures a portrait of the whole child using...

  • Data inquiry to drive instruction, services, programs, and policies
  • Services which are monitored for ongoing impact
  • School / CBO partnerships that align interventions with data
  • Case management which occurs across disciplines and teams