MS 582 - The Upper Academy
The Magnet School for Multimedia Technology and Urban Planning
New York City Community Schools
NYC Community Schools are central to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision to ensure that all children, in every neighborhood have access to an excellent education and receive the individualized attention they need to succeed. Community Schools have a proven track record of raising students achievement by fully involving families in the education of their children, increasing, enrichment opportunities and providing access to social services, mental health, and medical providers.
What’s Special about Community Schools?
Community Schools recognize that students who are hungry, can’t see the blackboard, or are missing school regularly face obstacles to learning in the classroom. By providing an extra meal, connecting a parent to a job training, mental health supports or enrolling a student in an afterschool program, they can remove barriers to learning and increase educational opportunities to help children succeed. Community Schools offer a coordinated approach to providing schools through strong partnerships with community organizations, families, educators and neighborhood groups.
What will I find in a Community School?
Every Community School is different and reflects the strengths and needs of its students, families, and the local community. However, the most successful Community Schools are anchored in a set of common features that support student learning.
• Expanded learning programs give kids more opportunities to learn and develop their passions during the summer and before and after the traditional school day ends. These programs offer more time for math tutoring, learning a musical instrument, sports, book clubs or robotics – enriching activities that always fit into a school day.
• School-based health services allow students to receive medical treatment in or near the school and return to their classroom ready to learn
• Mental Health Counselors address students’ needs, including behaviors caused by stress or trauma
• Drop-out prevention strategies such as individualized mentoring and tutoring keep students engaged in school and on track for graduation.
• Robust parent engagement means families work hand in hand with schools and community groups and are full partners in the education of their children.
• Adult education programs help parents and caregivers develop personally and provide them with skills to improve their careers.
Jasmine Rosa, Community School Director
Carlton Brown, Mental Health Counselor
Carlos Sosa, Program Coordinator
Victoria Espinosa, Youth Advocate
Pierre Chaudry, Outreach Worker
Melissa Basantes, Tutor
Anthony Rhone, Pathways Fellow
JB Gnonfounloun, Pathways Fellow
Whitney Thenor, Masters of Social Work Intern