Our Community Schools

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    Community Schools Overview

    Anne Arundel County Public School's Community School Program is funded through Blueprint for Maryland's Future Grant. Maryland law defines "community school" as:

    Community school means a public school that establishes a set of strategic partnerships between the school and other community resources that promote student achievement, positive learning conditions, and the well–being of students by providing wraparound services. (Blueprint for Maryland’s Future)

    The purpose of a community school is to help students and families overcome the in-school and out-of-school barriers that prevent children from learning and succeeding over the course of their lives by having an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and family and community engagement.

    All AACPS Community Schools have a Program Manager who works to connect families with community resources, establish and strengthen community partnerships, and to plan programming to support students and their families in the following five areas:

    • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
    • Physical Health Needs of Students and their Families
    • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs of Students and their Families
    • Academic Enrichment and Learning Environment Needs for Students and Staff
    • 2+ Generational Needs, Including Family Education, Workforce Development, and Early Childhood Outreach

    The Community School Blueprint funds support the following positions:

    • 23 full-time Community School Program Managers
    • 23 full-time school nurses
    • 9 full-time social workers
    • 2 full-time school counselors
    • 6 full-time psychologists
    • 5 behavioral specialists
    • 9 behavioral teaching assistants
    • 3 community bilingual specialists

    All Community School Blueprint funded positions complete Restorative Practices training. 

    The Community School Blueprint funds support the following opportunities and programming for students and families (varies by school to address identified school needs):

    • Fitness and sporting opportunities
    • Nutrition education and connections to community resources
    • Health fairs and other health education outreach
    • Grade 3 dental program
    • Adult basic English classes, GED preparation courses, and computer classes (in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College)
    • Parenting, financial literacy, and civic education classes
    • Toddler family opportunities including bilingual story time, play groups, and early literacy experiences
    • Student field trips and family excursions
    • Student clubs and afterschool tutoring
    • Additional experiences with the arts, social studies, and science
    • Spring pilot of telehealth services
    • Expansion of Anne Arundel County Recs and Parks aftercare to five AACPS Community School sites (split funding model)

    To read more about how AACPS spends the Concentration of Poverty Grant funds to support students, click here. 

    For more information about the AACPS Community School Program, contact Dr. Shannon M. Pugh (NBCT), Director of Community and School-Based Programming. 

    Additional information on our Community Schools can be found in these videos:

    English Version

    Spanish Version

    Looking for more information? 

    At Your Service, Community Schools, March 2022 https://youtu.be/JfzcMZsenGo 



    “Charla Educativa”  https://youtu.be/aBS7fdL86Fk


    Coalition for Community Schools


    Family & Community Partnerships

    Asociaciones Familiares Y Comunitarias