It Takes a Neighborhood

Community schools are the bright promise that has the potential to transform public education. The community schools philosophy looks at students within the context of their families and support networks, and ensures that those networks are strong and thriving. By creating local hubs that provide family support and health services in one place, the community schools model has already had an impact on student test scores and graduation rates. We took a chance on this innovative strategy at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. Known for violence, low test scores, and high dropout rates just a few years ago, McClymonds now has one of the highest exit exam pass rates in Oakland Unified School District. We are investing in the opportunity that community schools present to improve learning for all children, to reform education, and to strengthen West Oakland.

Impact: From the worst performing school in the state to the graduation rate of 87%.

Learn more about our work supporting full service community schools.