What we do
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. The focus is on academics, health and social services, youth and community development. Community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
EPISD Community School
The EPISD Community Schools Program hopes to develop high-functioning community schools at four El Paso ISD campuses: Bowie High School, Guillen Middle School, Hart Elementary Schools and Zavala Elementary School. The schools are located in the Segundo Barrio and Chamizal neighborhoods which have some of the highest indicators of social need in the city.
Elements of a community school
- A welcoming and approachable campus serving as a community hub.
- Engaging high- quality and enriching academic programs at all community school campuses.
- College, career, and service focus.
- Shared planning by teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members.
- Community partnerships that support the needs of the school.
- Coordinated social supports for families and students.
- Expanded learning opportunities like after school and summer programs.
- Strong early childhood programs.
EPISD Community School Projects
- Yearly community resource fairs.
- After school programs.
- Scholastic store to offer student support and incentives.
- Health and Wellness classes for teachers, students, parents and community members.
- Community garden.