NYC Community Schools

Community Schools support:

  • the whole child
  • the child’s family
  • learning both inside and outside of the classroom

Currently, there are 245 Community Schools. You can find them on a map on the City Hall website.

What Happens in a Community School?

The more time students spend at school, the more they learn. And so Community Schools are open after the school day and over the summer. During that time they may offer:

  • Arts
  • Sports
  • Music lessons
  • Book clubs
  • Robotics

Healthy students attend more days of school. That’s why school-based health services may offer:

  • Vision care/free glasses
  • Medical care
  • Asthma specialists
  • Mental health counselors

When students feel supported and welcome, they thrive in school. That’s why community schools have more adults who can:

  • Mentor
  • Tutor
  • Make connections with parents and families

When students see learning as a life-long skill, they stick with it more. That’s why we offer parents and families:

  • Adult education classes
  • Training for parents leaders

Adult education programs provide parents and caregivers with skills to improve their lives.

Each school has a lead Community-Based Organization (CBO) partner that coordinates and delivers services. Every school also has a Community School Director, who is a CBO employee.

Community Schools and New York City

Beginning in fall 2014, 45 schools became NYC Community Schools as part of an attendance-improvement and drop-out-prevention grant in partnership with United Way NYC. During fall 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Community Schools model would be central to the City's efforts to support our Renewal Schools.

We support all schools that partner with CBOs to increase opportunities for students and families in our NYC Community Schools including 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention grantees.

Ways to Get Involved


  • Meet with your Parent Coordinator and your Parent Outreach Specialist or attend the annual Community School Forum. For more information about parent leadership in Community Schools, call 718-935-3000 or write to

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