No child in Knox County should miss out on learning because they come to school hungry, needing glasses or experiencing stress at home. Great Schools Partnership’s Community Schools strategy engages communities and families in public schools to intentionally recruit and leverage resources to break down the barriers that get in the way of student learning for the benefit of students by establishing schools as trusted neighborhood centers.
Great Schools Partnership supports 16 Community Schools across Knox County Schools. Each Community School is staffed with a full-time site resource coordinator and part-time program assistant to provide supports to the school and neighborhood. The resource coordinator convenes a Site Steering Committee (SSC) comprised of community members, parents/guardians, and school staff. Together, the resource coordinator and SSC identify and address barriers to student and community success.
Our team works to mitigate these barriers by engaging partnerships with the private sector and relationships with churches and businesses. We rely on the support of more than 275 agencies and partners to do this work because we know that having quality public schools in every neighborhood is everybody’s business.
Every Community School is unique and needs different resources to succeed —regardless, each site relies on alliances with community groups to help students overcome hardships impeding academic and social success.
Community Schools are an intentional school transformation strategy focused on results. Serving more than 6,700 students annually, we are working toward outcomes that include improved student learning, health, and attendance; stronger family engagement; an improved school climate; and building safer neighborhoods.
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Beaumont Magnet Academy Community School
Belle Morris Elementary Community School
Christenberry Elementary Community School
Dogwood Elementary Community School
Green Magnet Academy Community School
Maynard Elementary Community School
Lonsdale Elementary Community School
New Hopewell Elementary Community School
Northwest Middle Community School
Norwood Elementary Community School
Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy Community School
Spring Hill Elementary Community School
South Knoxville Elementary Community School
Vine Magnet Middle Community School
West View Elementary Community School
Whittle Springs Middle Community School