Community Schools

We empowers neighborhoods by creating a place where everyone belongs, works together and has the resources they need to thrive.

Community Schools transforms a school into a space where educators, local community members, children and families unite to build a brighter future. With 15 schools and over 6,400 students served in 2023-2024, together, we are building bridges and empowering communities.

What is a Community School?

Community Schools are public schools that provide services to help students, educators, families and neighborhoods thrive.  

Community Schools are intentionally located within the most marginalized areas of Knox County to serve those with the largest need where it matters most.  

How does it work?

Community Schools is based on the belief that academic performance is affected by what happens outside the classroom. United Way of Greater Knoxville strives to remove these obstacles with the help of its network of 393 partnerships.

Community Schools address four pillars:  

  • Shared Collaborative Leadership and Practice
  • Expanded Enriched Learning and Opportunities 
  • Active Family and Community Engagement 
  • Integrated Systems of Support

Get Involved

Want to learn more or partner with Community Schools? Reach out to our team! We would love to share more about how you can be part of this impactful initiative.