South Ward Community Schools FAQ’s


What is the South Ward Community Schools Initiative?

  • The goal for the South Ward Community Schools Initiative is to allow for the creation and ongoing support of community schools, an intervention model that provides academic, social, emotional, and health services support to those students who need it most.
  • Community schools focus in four areas: expanded learning opportunities, health and social supports and services, family and community engagement, and early childhood development.

Which schools are participating in the South Ward Community Schools Initiative?

  • Louise A. Spencer
  • Belmont Runyon
  • BRICK Avon Academy
  • BRICK Peshine Academy
  • Malcolm X Shabbazz

How are community schools different than other district schools and public charter schools?

  • Community schools transform schools by focusing on the results that happen when there is intentional participation and collaboration from school and community leaders, partners, educators, students, families, and residents. Community Schools have community partners and programs that are well-connected and integrated with the school’s academic goals, plans and strategies.

How can I learn more about South Ward community Schools?

  • South Ward Community Schools are beginning community planning in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year. This process is more than just asking for feedback from the community. Your continued action is required. Community schools will succeed when there is partnership and input from parents, families, students, and residents all along the way. Text “UNITY” to 862-256-2500 for more information.

I would like to attend a community school for the 2016-2017 school year. What should I do?

  • If you are interested in attending a South Ward Community school, please go to to express your interest, beginning April 19th through May 13th. Families will receive follow-up on their interest and next steps by June 30th at the latest.