Great Schools Partnership partnered with Knox County Schools to launch three new community schools this school year at Belle Morris Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary and Whittle Springs Middle schools. This brings the total number of community schools operated by Great Schools Partnership to 16.
Great Schools Partnership’s community schools’ initiative was founded in 2012 on the belief that by working together, we can foster student, school, family and community success. The community schools are public schools that serve as neighborhood hubs to unite students, families, educators, community members and partners.
“Research and common sense agree – students’ lives at home and the circumstances in their neighborhoods have a big impact on how they do in the classroom. Students and schools succeed when the entire community participates and contributes to solutions.” said Great Schools Partnership president Stephanie Welch.
Stronger schools are built by engaging the community and by asking families what they want and need. Recognizing that a child’s performance in school has a lot to do with life outside it, Great Schools Partnership hires a resource coordinator at each of its community schools dedicated to building a system of supports to address the physical and mental health needs of students, provide academic and cultural enrichment programming, and strengthen ties within the community.
GSP’s site coordinators at the three new community schools are Porschia Pickett at Belle Morris, Jessica Bocangel at Spring Hill and Liz Thacker at Whittle Springs. GSP also operates community schools at Beaumont, Christenberry, Dogwood, Green, Lonsdale, Maynard, New Hopewell, Norwood, Sarah Moore Greene, South Knoxville and West View elementary schools as well as Northwest and Vine middle schools.