In partnership with Knox County Schools, the Great Schools Partnership Community Schools Initiative is expanding to include three additional sites: Beaumont Magnet Academy, Dogwood Elementary and Northwest Middle School.
“We look forward to partnering with school administrators, staff, students and parents, along with neighborhood leaders, businesses and other stakeholders in these three schools,” said Stephanie Welch, VP of Operations for Community Schools at the Great Schools Partnership. “Working together, we will move closer to the vision of healthy communities with schools at the center.”
New Community Schools are identified using a variety of criteria including school academic performance, student behavior and discipline referrals, and socioeconomic indicators. School administration and faculty support, as well as community interest, are also key considerations.
These schools join existing Community Schools at Christenberry Elementary, Green Magnet Academy, Lonsdale Elementary, Norwood Elementary, Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy, South Knoxville Elementary, and Vine Middle Magnet School. The Knox County Schools also partners with the University of Tennessee at the Pond Gap Elementary Community School.
“The Community Schools concept recognizes that the school truly is the center of the community,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools. “If we can extend learning opportunities for children, while also meeting the non-academic needs of our students and their families, our children will come to the classroom better prepared to learn and succeed.”
Community Schools are a strategy for aligning community resources for student success, family health and neighborhood safety. They are open for extended hours and offer additional instruction time as well as recreational, arts, mental health, adult education and other services. Each Community School is managed by a site-steering committee composed of school staff, teachers, parents, businesses and other community leaders. Community Schools are funded through a blend of public and private contributions.