Carlin Springs Elementary School: A Community School
Community School Model
The Carlin Springs Community School initiative, launched in 2004, has completed its tenth year. The Community School model uses the public school building as a hub to offer a range of supports to students and their families through community partners. These services are offered before and after school and in the evenings. They include after-school opportunities for children, parent outreach, family engagement, and linkages to community health, mental health, and social services available to the entire family. Extensive research on this model, and indeed the experience over the last ten years at Carlin Springs, has shown that an integrated focus on academics, services, and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and a healthier community.
Expanded Learning Opportunities: Engaging after-school enrichment activities designed to reinforce and enhance what is learned during the school day, including theater, art, music, STEM and tutoring clubs and a student-run savings branch of the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
Family and Community Engagement: Weekly parent gatherings and informal Coffee with the Principal meetings, fun and interactive family library nights, curriculum nights, and author visits, monthly Family Markets hosted at the school in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank
School Readiness and Early Childhood Development: Weekly developmental playgroups for toddlers and their parents or caregivers hosted by Project Family
Skill Building Opportunities for Parents: Computer classes for parents, with enrichment activities for children while parents are in class
Questions about the Community School?
Contact: Carol Sabatino