What is a community school?

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

Bay Brook EMS became a community school in 2020 after moving into the new 21st Century Schools building. A full-time Community School Coordinator joined the school staff to complete ongoing needs assessments, seek out and oversee partnerships to meet needs, and be a liaison between the school and the greater Baybrook community.

In addition to the needs assessments completed by the Community School Coordinator, the INSPIRE Plan, conducted by the Baltimore City Department of Planning as a part of the 21st Century Building construction, is also a source of guidance for the direction of the school and its partnerships. 

Check out our Community Partners tab to learn about some of our current partners and find links to our partnerships in the news! We also share a lot of community resources. Check out the Family & Community Resources tab to learn more.

Stay in touch! 

Please feel free to reach out using the contact information below. If you don’t already, please sign up for ClassDojo! It’s a great resource to connect with your student’s classroom teacher, and we also share many school and community news on the School Story. Not sure how to sign up? Check out this instructional video: How to Sign Up for ClassDojo at Bay Brook EMS.

Herelys Parks
Community School Coordinator