In Rochester Public Schools, we have implemented the community schools model at four of our sites: Gage Elementary, Riverside Central Elementary, the Rochester Alternative Learning Center and John Marshall High School.
What is a Community School?
A community school is both a place and set of collective partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school site, and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health, social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. A full-service community school has components engaging instructions, expanded learning opportunities; college, career, and citizenship; health and social support; community engagement; early childhood development; family engagement; and youth development.
John Marshall is now the fourth RPS full-service community school.
Community schools help students get access to basic needs and expanded learning opportunities.
Distractions take away from learning opportunities for students. Getting rid of them is the goal behind John Marshall High School becoming the fourth full-service community school in the Rochester Public Schools district.