Focused on creating student leaders and strategically integrating wraparound services to improve school outcomes and student success.




CSS uses a collaborative, data-informed, and relationship-driven approach, grounded with a focus on student leadership, to partner with schools to improve student and school outcomes. CSS helps Community Schools provide student leadership opportunities, strong family partnerships, engaging academic instruction, social services for families and community members, and professional learning opportunities for teachers. Through carefully cultivated partnerships with school leadership, students, families, teachers, and community members, CSS Community Schools develop customized Community School plans that focus on student attendance, health and wellness, social-emotional development, academics, youth development, and more. CSS serves as a lead community-based organization for over 20 Community Schools.

"CSS has brought an incredible amount of knowledge to our professional learning communities and helped foster an environment of trust among staff members."

— ELA Teacher, New York




CSS helps schools identify and put into place whole-school and targeted interventions that provide an integrated focus on academic, social, and emotional learning, such that every student and family has strong relationships with the school and an individualized pathway to success. Each child and family is strongly connected with at least one school-based adult; each family participates and partners with the school to provide students with an outstanding education; and all students and families benefit from comprehensive expanded learning and enrichment activities and appropriate mental health services.


Our work in community schools includes:

  • implementing CSS’s flagship student leadership solutions, including Peer Group Connection and Achievement Mentoring;

  • using data to drive continuous improvement that leads to streamlined school systems;

  • creating an infrastructure of student support in which students and families are connected to the school community;

  • building the capacity of school faculty and staff to provide both academic and social and emotional support for students;

  • implementing tiered intervention and prevention strategies that address whole-school needs and support high-need groups;

  • engaging families, community partners, and the larger school community by creating leadership opportunities and by fostering school-community two-way communication;

  • developing partnerships with community-based organizations that help leverage existing resources, such as cost-sharing of co-located resources or arranging in-kind donations of time and services.

With CSS’s support, schools implement a comprehensive and transformative whole school strategy that effectively meets the social, emotional, health needs of all students, with the vision of facilitating student success.



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Bronx, New York

Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning

250 E 164th St., Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 6-12

Fordham Leadership Academy

500 E Fordham Rd, Bronx, NY 10458
Grades | 9-12

Frederick Douglass Academy III Secondary School

3630 Third Ave, Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 9-12

High School for Teaching and the Professions

2780 Reservoir Ave, The Bronx, NY 10468
Grades | 9-12

Longwood Preparatory Academy

965 Longwood Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459
Grades | 9-12

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

1100 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 9-12

New Millennium Bronx Academy of Arts

1000 Teller Ave, Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 6-8

M.S. 594 New Pathways Academy

1000 Teller Ave, Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 6-8

South Bronx International Middle School

1000 Teller Ave, Bronx, NY 10456
Grades | 6 (7 & 8 to be added in 2019 – 2021)



New York

Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance

125 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Grades | 9-12

Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School

300 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Grades | 9-12

Brooklyn International High School

49 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Grades | 9-12

I.S. 349 Math, Science & Technology

35 Starr Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Grades | 6-8

New Heights Middle School

790 E New York Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Grades | 6-8

Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts

49 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Grades | 9-12

Urban Assembly School for Music and Art

49 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Grades | 9-12

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Queens, New York

Pan American International High School

45-10 94th St, Queens, NY 11373
Grades | 8-12

Flushing High School

35-01 Union St, Flushing, NY 11354
Grades | 9-12

P.S. 111Q Jacob Blackwell School

37-15 13 Street Long Island City, NY 11101
Grades | K-8

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Jersey City,

New Jersey

PS 15 Whitney M. Young Jr. Community School

135 Stegman Street Jersey City, NJ 07305
Grade Level: PK-8

PS 23 Mahatma K. Gandhi Community School

143 Romaine Ave Jersey City, NJ 07306
Grade Level: PK-8

PS 34 President Barack Obama Community School

1830 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305
Grade Level: PK-8


For more information about CSS and Community Schools, please contact:

Dr. Margo Ross
Managing Director, Communications & Development
609.252.9300 x 113  |

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