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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


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

Parker Elementary

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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