funding from New York State, four City School District of Albany schools
will be transformed into community schools – neighborhood hubs that will
provide services to students and families during and beyond the regular
The four schools – the Alternative Learning Center, Arbor Hill
Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Sheridan
Preparatory Academy – will open in September as community schools.
Community-school funding allows schools to either provide certain
services directly or partner with a community organization to provide
the services. Those services
Before- and after-school programs;
More intensive health, mental health and social services for
Mental health, social, legal, career, English-language, parenting
and adult educational services for parents or guardians.
The district received $2.7 million in 2016-17 to jump-start community
A portion of those funds will go toward hiring site coordinators at each
school that will survey families and staff to determine additional
services they would like to see in their schools. Once those services
are identified, site coordinators will be responsible for identifying
resources in the community that could bring the services to students and
The goal is to have a site coordinator in place
at each community school before the end of March.
Once site coordinators are hired, each will
conduct a needs assessment for his or her school that will include a
parent survey of services they would like to see in the community
In addition, the site coordinator at each school will work with his or
her principal to parents, community partners and school staff to serve
on a Community School Advisory Board. Each
advisory board will monitor the extra services to be provided by the
The goal is to have each school's advisory board up and
running by April.
Research shows that students in community schools have more positive
attitudes about school and do better academically than their peers in
regular neighborhood schools. Community school parents also were more
involved and invested in their children’s education.