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Educating a child to be successful in college and career requires a holistic approach. That’s why Community Schools harness the collective power of many to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.

Community Schools make education more relevant to help students find their passion by integrating academics, health, youth development, and family engagement.

Bringing schools and partners together to create new opportunities and real results, we foster collaboration within a community to build something  better for its students, its families, and its future. 

For more, access Mayor de Blasio’s Strategic Plan.

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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. Read more. As of June 2017, there are now 227 NYC Community Schools. 

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NYC Community Schools Initiative Wins the 2017 Award for Excellence

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The NYC Community Schools Initiative is led by the NYC Department of Education and calls for all public agencies and community based groups that interact with young people and their families to organize themselves around the city’s 150 community schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina have taken active roles in ensuring that community schools are a major education priority supported by an Advisory Board of key stakeholders such as the United Federation of Teachers, community organizing groups, foundations, businesses, health providers, and others. As a result, NYC community schools have seen a 7.2% reduction in chronic absenteeism, a 1.8% increase in math, and a 5.7% increase in English language in the past year.

Read NYC Community Schools Initiative's Award Profile.

P.S./M.S. 188 The Island School is located on Manhattan's Lower East Side and serves 451 students, most of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and live in public housing or homeless shelters. P.S./M.S. 188 partners focus on trauma-informed practices and provide case management, legal services, employment services, and financial and nutrition classes. New York State Standardized English Language Arts/Math test results are meeting state standards scoring a Level 3 over a three-year period. In 2016 the NYC Department of Education recognized this achievement with a rating of excellent in both "Growth on Tests" and "Closing the Achievement Gap".

Read The Island School's Award Profile.