Community Schools Overview
In 2019, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) had the largest single year rollout of community schools anywhere in the country outside of New York City. On the heels of a historic victory in the state legislature, with the passing of the Maryland Blueprint for Education, which provided funding for the initial rollout of these new community schools. PGCEA has worked to implement community schools for several years and is excited to be leading on these efforts.
What is a Community School?
A community school is a community hub — both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone — all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
Six Pillars of Community Schools