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About What We Do

Rochester Public Schools and United Way partnered to develop three community schools at Gage Elementary School, Riverside Central Elementary School, and the Rochester Alternative Learning Center to intentionally work together to improve student learning, build stronger families, and create a healthier community.


Each community school is unique in the services it provides.


All schools have completed a needs assessment to determine how the school can best impact students and families. Needs assessments included surveys, focus groups, and interviews with staff, students, family members, neighbors of the school, and current community partner organizations. After identifying needs, new partnerships are being established to meet shared goals for students and families.


Success and Results
Following the completion of the needs assessments, partnerships are being established to create both short-term and long-term improvements in the lives of students and families. Examples of these results in other community schools have included:

Short-term results
• Children are ready to enter school on time
• Students attend school consistently
• Students are actively involved in learning and their community
• Students are engaged with families and community
• Families are actively involved in their children’s education

Long-term results
• Students are succeeding academically
• Students are healthy: physically, socially, and emotionally
• Students live and learn in stable and supportive environments
• Communities are desirable places to live

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