Open Doors Community School embraces the community school model. A community school is 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.

The Community School Model is based on the following principles:

  • Foster strong partnerships—Partners share their resources and expertise and work together to design community schools and make them work.
  • Share accountability for results—Clear, mutually agreed-upon results drive the work of community schools. Set high expectations for all—Community schools are organized to support learning. Children, youth and adults are expected to learn at high standards and be contributing members of their community.
  • Build on the community’s strengths—Community schools marshal the assets of the entire community — including the people who live and work there, local organizations, and the school.
  • Embrace diversity—Community schools know their communities. They work to develop respect and a strong, positive identity for people of diverse backgrounds and are committed to the welfare of the whole community (Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership, 2011).