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A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports, and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.


Advantages of a Community School:


  • Provides a proven infrastructure to coordinate and integrate community services and implement sustainable prevention-based strategies for children, youth and families

  • Increases the use of local public school facilities

  • Integrates and coordinates existing public services

  • Maximizes communication between school and community

  • Enriches and enhances learning through formal and informal activities

  • Reinforces a sense of community and improves the quality of life in the neighbourhood

  • Improves communication between school and community

  • Provides an opportunity for local residents to participate in community activities

  • Provides an opportunity for community residents, parents, staff and students to address needs specific to their community

  • Develops a means of improving economic well being of the community

  • Brings additional resources into the school



The EMCS Society is a member of the Association for Community Education in British Columbia (ACEbc).

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