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Empowering students to succeed in school and life

Attn. School Districts – Opportunities to integrate the Community Partnership Schools™ model into your schools

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
  • Increased teacher retention
  • 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.

Curious what 5 years of impact in a Community Partnership School looks like? Watch as WEAR TV celebrates the continued academic and life success at C.A. Weis Elementary.

View Our Community Partnership Schools

Innovation in action

A Teacher’s Story: Finding Hope through the Hub

“The Hub was my lifeline” In a matter of months, Treecie Hargroves’ life flipped upside down. Her children graduated from high school, her marriage ended, and she lost her job and her home. A teacher with two decades of experience enriching countless children’s lives, she suddenly found herself homeless. “I lost everything – my kids, […]

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C.A. Weis Elementary, A Community Partnership School Becomes First School in Florida to Achieve Full Affirmation from UCF

Pensacola, Fla. (May 21, 2021) – C.A. Weis Elementary, A Community Partnership School has become the first school in Florida to become a fully affirmed UCF-Certified Community Partnership School. The first of its kind in the Panhandle, the Community Partnership School is a long-term commitment among Children’s Home Society of Florida, Community Health Northwest Florida, […]

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From Out of Control to Honor Roll … Community Partnership Schools Empower Students to Realize Their Full Potential

For Christy’s son Aden, the behavior issues started in kindergarten.  “He would throw tables, chairs, knock stuff off the desk. He was out of control,” she said. The behavior continued into the first grade, where he was suspended and removed several times from the school bus. Aden’s teacher worked with school leaders to put him […]

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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 Partnership Schools: Transforming communities

Transforming lives, futures and communities

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