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ERIC Number: ED506727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-933493-31-3
Raising Graduation and College Going Rates: Community High School Case Studies
Axelroth, Rita
Coalition for Community Schools
A community school is a place and a set of partnerships between the school and community resources. The community school strategy integrates academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and civic engagement to improve student learning and to develop stronger families and healthier communities. This report presents a review of eight high schools that have embraced the community school approach and are showing results in student success that include reduction of dropout rates, increase in college acceptance, and more. The report also finds that community schools strengths lie in their local communities. They are turning the curve on high school achievement and preparing students for success in college, careers, and life. Robust partnerships, focused leadership, and the provision of critical programs and services, as seen at these schools, are leading to positive changes in students' behavior, academic achievement, and preparation for post-secondary success. These schools from around the nation have found a way to reconnect with youth, enriching their educational experiences through the partnerships that make up the community school strategy. Specifically, the eight community schools profiled herein are: (1) George Washington Community High School Indianapolis, IN; (2) Fannie Lou Hamer High School Bronx, NY; (3) Oyler Community Learning Center Cincinnati, OH; (4) Parkrose High School Portland, OR; (5) Foster High School Tukwila, WA; (6) Community Links High School Chicago, IL; (7) Little Village Lawndale High School Campus Chicago, IL; and (8) Sayre High School Philadelphia, PA. (Contains unnumbered bar graphs showing selected results for each case study and 11 photographs.)
Coalition for Community Schools. 4455 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: 202-822-8405; Fax: 202-872-4050; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools; National Association of Secondary School Principals