Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS)

Exploding in popularity around the world, community schools bring the resources of communities to bear in supporting children, youth, families, schools and neighborhoods to maximize learning outside as well as inside the classroom. This comprehensive approach to equitable school improvement helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by increasing the odds that youth will succeed in school and go on to lead productive lives.

University-assisted community school model

University-assisted community schools are places and partnerships linking the school system, key community resources and higher education with an integrated focus on academics, support systems and civic engagement.

School districts

Community schools are currently being implemented by BUCS in eight upstate New York state school districts. Other districts are in the process of development. Each active district has a community schools coordinator to assess and support the specific needs of that school, its students and that community. Binghamton University students across all academic disciplines participate in BUCS through the Center for Civic Engagement's internships and volunteer opportunities.


To ensure BUCS is making an impact for all children, families and communities, a sophisticated evaluation process occurs in all districts and is overseen by a University research team. These researchers collect, analyze and use findings to guide best practices for continuous improvement in local community schools and share evidence with those developing these innovative models throughout the nation and the world.

Certificate program

Binghamton University has launched the nation's first certificate program in community schools. A part-time program that can be completed online in one year is admitting students now.


Binghamton University Community Schools
College of Community and Public Affairs
67 Washington Street
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Luann Kida, director
Sara Hall, assistant director