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 and create efficiencies in management and resource allocation all while laying 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: