About Community Schools

  • In 2009, Brooklyn Center Community Schools became the first Full-Service Community Schools' District in the state of Minnesota. With over 100 partners and programs (several of which are co-located), our goal is to provide access to services that will assist in the areas of academic achievement and attainment, health and wellness supports, and a number of social services that aid in the success of all.

    What is a Community School?

    • A set of school and community partnerships
    • A community hub
    • Is open most of the time
    • Serves the “whole” child
    • Integrated co-located, coordinated & comprehensive services
    • Provides access to health & family resources
    • Offers educational and support services to families and community members

    For more information on Brooklyn Center Community Schools, please contact Renee Starr at 763-561-2120 x2124 or visit the Coalition of Community Schools’ website at www.communityschools.org.

    To learn more about the Early College Academy's Full Service Community Schools Plan click here or reach out to Yazmin Guzman Gonzalez at yguzmangonzalez@bccs286.org. To learn more about the plan's oversight, reach out to any of the site's leadership team members. 

  • Pillars of Community Schools in BCCS

    In BCCS there are four pillars of Community Schools, including:

    • Active Family and Community Engagement: Essential for strong relationships, shared decisions and building capacity for all
    • Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities: Extra learning time to support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth
    • Integrated Student Supports: A range of services and supports to address academic and nonacademic barriers to students’ education, wellness, and success
    • Collaborative Leadership and Practice: A shared vision and goals and shared responsibility that allows for individual expertise to be leveraged

    View the pillars of BCCS Community Schools.