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.
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.
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.
Partnerships and initiatives
Business, University, Schools (BUS) Bucks
BUS Bucks is a collaborative effort among Binghamton University's Promise Zone Community Schools, Kim Myers, Dick's Sporting Goods and several of our local school districts. The goal of this program is to provide K-12 students with a feeling of empowerment and control over their lives, their education and ultimately their future.
Broome County Promise Zone
As New York State's fifth Promise Zone site, the Broome County Promise Zone has implemented the first and only county-wide university-assisted community school model to support students and families as they move towards success in school, career and life.
Regional Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
In July 2018, the New York State Education Department announced funding for three regional technical assistance centers, which included an award to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York at Binghamton University.
Community Schools were recognized as public schools that emphasize family engagement, are characterized by strong partnerships and offer additional school-linked services that extend learning opportunities and support students and their families.
Binghamton University Community Schools
College of Community and Public Affairs
67 Washington Street
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000