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Empowering students to succeed in school and life

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education.

Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

Community Partnership Schools address students’ holistic needs, recognizing their unique challenges – and opportunities. Many schools offer:

  • On-site access to health and wellness services
  • On-site food pantries
  • Counseling
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • After-school activities
  • Parent Resource Centers

No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike – each centers on unique community needs to allow students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

A partnership among Children’s Home Society of Florida, the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools brought the successful Community Partnership School model to Florida. Florida’s first Community Partnership School – Evans Community Partnership School – officially opened at Evans High School in Orlando on October 13, 2012.

Community Partnership School successes include:

  • Increases in graduation rates
  • Increases in student achievement
  • Improved student attendance
  • Improved parent involvement
  • Overwhelming community support

A 2019-20 snapshot of Community Partnership Schools where CHS is a core partner.

General Overview: CHS Community Partnership Schools

Learn more about the Four Pillars of Success

In the News

Community Partnership Schools are the way through COVID-19 and into the future. Read more about the model for hope in The Florida Times-Union.

What is a Community Partnership School? Listen to Jarvis Wheeler, MSW, MPA, CHS Regional Director of #CommunityPartnershipSchools and Amy Ellis, Ed.D., UCF Center for Community Schools on 90.7 WMFE to learn more!

Community partnership schools help economic development

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Innovation in action

Helping Students Succeed During COVID-19 at South Woods Elementary

When the COVID-19 crisis sent children home from school in March, Ellen – like many parents — worried about keeping her four children safe and fed through the extended break. Thanks to the Community Partnership Schools™ model at South Woods Elementary, Ellen had support along the way. The Community Partnership School and our partners with […]

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Flipping Problems into Possibilities – Community Partnership School Shapes Student’s Future

Isaac’s behavior issues began in preschool. He would flip tables over, knock chairs down and he struggled to stay on task. When Isaac started kindergarten, he refused to follow instructions, could not manage his anger and did not get along with his peers, making it impossible for him to focus on learning. Thankfully, through the […]

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Community Partnership School Laundry Center Boosts Pride and Attendance

Once a focused and determined student, Jenny gradually began on a downward academic spiral when she reached junior high. She started skipping school several days every month, and her grades were steadily suffering. When she did make it to class, she simply couldn’t keep up because of all the instruction she missed. Noticing the change […]

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Our Schools

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts

Miami

Homestead Middle School

Homestead

Miami Southridge Sr. High

Miami

Orange Park High School

Orange Park

Jones High School

Orlando

Dodgertown Elementary

Vero Beach

Eccleston Elementary

Orlando

Manatee Elementary

Bradenton

Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School

Keystone Heights

Sabal Palm Elementary

Tallahassee

Wilkinson Junior High School

Middleburg

OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Orlando

Edward H. White High School

Jacksonville

Endeavour Elementary School

Cocoa

Evans High School

Orlando

Howard W. Bishop Middle School

Gainesville

Mort Elementary School

Tampa

South Woods Elementary School

Elkton

The Webster School

St. Augustine

C.A. Weis Elementary School

Pensacola

Community Schools

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