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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.

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Innovation in action

Mentorship program for female students at Evans High School in need of hundreds more mentors

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WFSU Public Media: Community Partnership Schools

Three years ago, Leon County’s Sabal Palm Elementary School became the area’s first Community Partnership School. Under that designation, long-term partners provide a multitude of ancillary services so that a school’s teachers and administrators can focus their efforts on education. To talk about how that concept has been working at Sabal Palm are: School Principal […]

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Overcoming Disruptive Behavior in School and At-Home

After struggling at home and in the classroom with disruptive and poor behavior, seven-year-old Amy found hope and support working with an integrated team at CHS. Amy’s actions became more and more worrisome as she escalated to dangerous behaviors in an effort to gain attention from others. She struggled to control her emotions, leading to […]

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Our Schools

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts


C.A. Weis Elementary School


Dodgertown Elementary

Vero Beach

Eccleston Elementary


Edward H. White High School


Endeavour Elementary School


Evans High School


Homestead Middle School


Howard W. Bishop Middle School


Jones High School


Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School

Keystone Heights

Manatee Elementary


Miami Southridge Sr. High


Mort Elementary School


OCPS Academic Center for Excellence


Orange Park High School

Orange Park

Sabal Palm Elementary


South Woods Elementary School


The Webster School

St. Augustine

Wilkinson Junior High School


Community Partnership Schools: Transforming communities

Transforming lives, futures and communities

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