Our school’s vision is that we will achieve self-actualization, meaning that we strive for all members of our community to reach their full potential. Social Justice Humanitas Academy approaches student support holistically, knowing that one’s fulfillment is based on physical, mental, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being. We rely on a community school model of collaborating with community organizations to surround our students with the support they need to maximize their potential.
What is a community school?
The Coalition for Community Schools describes a community school as, “both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving.
Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results: Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently; students are actively involved in learning and their community; families are increasingly involved with their children’s education; schools are engaged with families and communities; students succeed academically; students are healthy – physically, socially, and emotionally; students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live.” (http://www.communityschools.org/aboutschools/what_is_a_community_school.aspx)
Read about Social Justice Humanitas Academy’s 2015 Award for Community School Excellence here: Humanitas2015Awardee