Students who fail in school are often challenged by obstacles that stress and disrupt bot their academic and family life. If a family is facing eviction, does not have access to medical or mental health services, lacks child care, is food insufficient, or is suffering from trauma or grief, their children cannot focus in school and learn. Issues such as chronic absence, negative behaviors, and dropping out are often the symptoms or consequences of these family stressors.

The Community School model is an approach that school districts across the country are employing to provide comprehensive support to schools with high numbers of students who are chronically absent, are struggling academically, and failing to graduate. The school functions as a hub bringing together businesses, community-based

organizations, and agencies in a partnership to offer a range of services to students and resources to strengthen families. Schools become centers in the community with wraparound services including medical, dental, legal, housing, immigration that support academics, physical and mental health, social services, youth development and community engagement.

Community stakeholders and families work together towards the goals of higher attendance, greater parent involvement in their children’s education, stronger academic outcomes and higher rates of graduation and transition to post secondary training, college, and employment. Research has shown significant improvements in the rate of proficiency in reading, and math, higher academic performance, higher attendance and graduation rates, improved behavior and greatly increased rates of parent involvement.

P2L’s Community school programming is structured based on the RTI (response to intervention) model, a 3-tiered system based on the student’s level of need and their risk of dropping out.

For all students (tier 1) we provide in-class programming in conflict resolution, social emotional development, tutoring and study skills, and we offer after school clubs in various arts, current events, recreation, and other topics chosen by the students. We offer students in tier 2 who are at risk of developing a negative trajectory preventative and early intervention mental health services such as group mentoring and counseling and tutoring as needed along with tier 1 programming. For those students who are high risk (tier 3): over-age and under-credited, chronically absent, struggling academically, and/or have a history of behavioral issues, and are on a downward trajectory to drop out, in addition to tier 1 programming we provide an intensive levels of services, including one-to-one mentoring and counseling, tutoring, and families are offered counseling, parenting workshops, and other services designed to strengthen their ability to support their child’s academic progress.

In partnering with schools to implement a Community School model we work closely with principals, staff and parents to assess the needs and tailor services to provide specific support to the school and families. We work with you to create a safe and positive environment where students are actively involved in learning and their community, parents are engaged, and families are healthy physically, socially and emotionally. Contact us to learn more about how we can work with you to bring the resources of your community to your school and families.

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