School-community partnerships help connect schools, city agencies, non-profit partners, businesses, and families to create a web of support for students. The most successful partnerships adopt a “systems” focus to encourage more effective program design, create efficiencies in management and resource allocation, and lay a foundation suitable for scaling and sustainability. Too often, however, we see partnerships happening in a more limited fashion—in a single school, based on short-term funding, with a narrow set of partners, and without an infrastructure to support growth and sustainability.
Despite decades of education reforms, the US is facing an education success shortage; too few students graduate from high school ready for work or for continued education.
At FourPoint, we see an opportunity to get smarter about school-community partnerships. Through a focus on financing, we work with leaders to foster strategic and sustainable partnerships that pave the way for learning and improved outcomes.
Our approach aligns in-school and out-of-school supports with learning goals while bringing coherence to the many programs that often operate within a school, district or community.
Through the Center for School-Community Partnerships, we support schools, districts and communities by:
FourPoint looks forward to collaborating with other national organizations supporting the expansion of effective school-community partnerships across the country. Modeling the approach that we hope to support in communities, we see our own partnerships as essential to moving this work further, faster, and with greater benefit to students, families, and communities.