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Pajarito Community School Council

Community School Council

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. It’s an integrated focus on academics, health/social services, and youth and community development. Community engagement in schools leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. The core principals of Pajarito Community School are: 1. shared vision and accountability for results; 2. strong partnerships; 3. high expectations for all; 4. respect for diversity; and 5. shared

decision making. The elements of Pajarito's Community School are a committed principal, a full-time coordinator, a site-based decision making team (Community School Council) and a focus on using results and data to meet our goals.


The Community School Coordinator is one of the keys to a successful community school. They create, strengthen, and maintain the bridge between the school and community. The Coordinator is accountable to APS, the lead agency or grantors, the principal and the Community School Council (CSC). The role of the Coordinator is to guide initial and ongoing community needs and ensure that in-school and out-of-school programming is aligned to meet academic goals; work with Family Liaison to manage parent and community volunteers; guide culturally appropriate programming; be responsive to Pajarito's community; and implement site level

resource development.


The Community School Coordinator often plays a dual role at the school: working inside, with staff members to identify barriers to learning along with potential solutions and to make sure that what happens in the community school programs extends and supports the school’s academic program; and outside, with members of the community, to engage and involve them in the community school and its success for students and families.



The Community School Council (CSC) is a site based leadership team composed of key stakeholders such as parents, school staff, partner organizations, businesses, the coordinator and school administration. The CSC’s primary focus will be school activities, assemblies, after school activities, evening activities, etc.


The Community School Council meet two times per month on afternoons from 4-5 pm on the opposite date of Pajarito Leadershp Team. Meeting dates to be announced.