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Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the Community School initiative represents a $100 million investment in 130 schools. Ninety-four of these schools are also Renewal Schools, the City's key strategy for rapid academic improvement in struggling schools. As of August 2018, there are now 247 NYC Community Schools. See here for an overview of NYC Community Schools.

Support from All Sides

Educating a child to be successful in college and career requires a holistic approach. Community Schools help students find their passion by integrating academics, health, youth development, and family engagement.By bringing schools and partners together to create new opportunities and real results, we foster collaboration within a community.

Community Schools as Part of Mayor de Blasio's Equity Agenda

The New York City Department of Education envisions the expansion of Community Schools as a central strategy for achieving an equitable educational system. The initiative builds off of the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) Framework for Great Schools and is aligned with the administration’s various efforts focused on youth and families, coming on the heels of expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old and offering afterschool programs to every middle schools student.

With equity as a key driver, the administration will develop the next generation of Community Schools and establish the systems and structures to ensure they address inequality in sustainable ways. The programs and interventions provided in Community Schools are evidence-based strategies to close the achievement gap by expanding opportunities for young people. They prepare students—and families—to enter school on the right foot. By increasing student time in the classroom, as well as in the local museum, on the playing field, and in the chess club, Community Schools help prepare students to be college and career ready.

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Chancellor Carranza

Read Chancellor Carranza's Moving Toward a More Equitable School System: Lessons Learned from My Listening Tour, in which he discusses some of the strengths of New York City schools and the importance of community involvement and community voice.

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