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Community Schools

A community school—sometimes referred to as a full-service school—is a school that strives to address the needs of the “whole child” (e.g., intellectual, psychological, physical, and emotional development) by situating itself within a network of partnerships to offer a complete range of wraparound support services. The Coalition for Community Schools, a national alliance of organizations and schools engaging in this work, defines a community school as “both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.” Each community school partnership is a network of school faculty and staff, parents, and organizations within the community, working together to assess and respond to the various needs of the school’s students through social services, physical and mental health services, extended-day educational services, ...

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