Community Schools

Community Schools in the Appleton Area School District

Engage students. Empower families. Enhance neighborhoods.

The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is implementing a more focused effort to connect the school with the community. Jefferson Elementary will be the first school site to be a Community School.

Within each community school is a central gathering place called the Community Resource Center (CRC) and a full-time key point person, the Community Schools Resource Coordinator (CSRC). The CRC at Jefferson Elementary will provide services and resources to students, staff, families, and the surrounding neighborhood. The CSRC’s primary role is to coordinate efforts with community agencies and organizations to meet the needs of Jefferson’s diverse populations. 

A goal for the first year is to conduct a needs assessment for the 19-20 school year to evaluate current programs and future opportunities. 

Through intentional connections, resources, and services, we will enhance student learning, strengthen families and support healthy neighborhoods by reducing systemic barriers.

The core purpose of Community Schools is to ensure equitable access to: 

  • Essential resources and services 
  • Stronger connections with students, families, and neighborhoods 
  • Academic preparation and persistence
  • A safe, supportive, and inclusive environment

Community Schools will impact and ripple out, leading to

  • Living and sustaining healthy lifestyles  
  • Engaged students and families 
  • Increased civic and community services
  • Inspire and empower others 
The Community Resource Center is located within Jefferson Elementary in Lower Level Room 003.

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