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Strategic Plan


Mayor Bill de Blasio is committed to shifting New York City’s educational landscape in a variety of ways, including adopting a more holistic approach to student learning. The Mayor has championed a “whole child” approach by implementing policies and programs that recognize and support the social, emotional, physical and academic needs of students both inside and outside of the classroom. 

This educational philosophy is reflected in the Mayor's commitment to establishing
Community Schools, which aim to improve student achievement through strong partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). With 130 Community Schools in development, the Mayor has surpassed the initial goal of establishing 100 schools in this initiative. As a result of this unprecedented commitment, NYC has become a national leader in an educational movement focused on addressing students’ diverse needs, empowering parents to be active participants in their child’s education, and engaging entire communities around student success.

This Strategic Plan serves as both an update on the work to date and a roadmap for moving forward. The document outlines the Community Schools Initiative within the context of the Mayor’s larger agenda for children and families, summarizes the planning and operational work that has occurred over the past year, and outlines the key system-building efforts that will be implemented over the next three years.

Download the New York City Community Schools Strategic Plan.