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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

Our Schools

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts

Miami

C.A. Weis Elementary School

Pensacola

Dodgertown Elementary

Vero Beach

Eccleston Elementary

Orlando

Edward H. White High School

Jacksonville

Endeavour Elementary School

Cocoa

Evans High School

Orlando

Homestead Middle School

Homestead

Howard W. Bishop Middle School

Gainesville

Jones High School

Orlando

Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School

Keystone Heights

Manatee Elementary

Bradenton

Miami Southridge Sr. High

Miami

Mort Elementary School

Tampa

OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Orlando

Orange Park High School

Orange Park

Parker Elementary

Sabal Palm Elementary

Tallahassee

South Woods Elementary School

Elkton

The Webster School

St. Augustine

Wilkinson Junior High School

Middleburg

Community Partnership Schools: Transforming communities

Transforming lives, futures and communities

Innovation in action

Community Partnership School Supports Family in Crisis

In a matter of minutes, Maria and her 7 children were catapulted into crises. A devastating fire destroyed their home and nearly everything they owned. “We were left with nothing – we lost our home, we had nowhere to live.” The family of 8 was now facing homelessness and Maria – a single mom who […]

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From Surviving to Thriving: Removing Barriers to Learning through Healthcare

Maddie had no idea that she was fighting a potentially life-threatening ear infection when she was holding a water bottle against her ear during a test to soothe the pain.  But it caught her high school teacher’s attention enough to contact the community partnership school team. Within minutes, the Nurse Practitioner saw something was severely […]

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Changing Lives One Smile at a Time

After several years without health insurance, Brianna developed major dental issues, including severe tooth decay on 7 permanent teeth. Brianna lived with her grandmother and had very little resources to cover additional expenses or pay for healthcare. The pain and embarrassment Brianna was experiencing became so significant, she refused to speak at school. It impacted […]

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