For our students to truly succeed, education needs to be about more than just academic learning. It also must address their social-emotional needs, which research shows can lead to improved student achievement.
Under the leadership of Superintendent Barbara Jenkins (The Broad Academy 2006), Florida’s Orange County Public Schools has partnered with local community organizations to launch a school focused on the holistic needs of their students.
The preK-8 OCPS Academic Center for Excellence offers wraparound services like before- and after-school programs and a health clinic thanks to a unique partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida and The Rosen Foundation. What’s more, when it opened its doors in 2017, it became the first district school in a half-century to be located in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood, a historic African-American community.
“We are extremely pleased with the partnerships that helped create OCPS Academic Center for Excellence,” said Superintendent Jenkins. “Because of community partners like University of Central Florida, Valencia, Boys and Girls Club, Orange Blossom Health and The Rosen Foundation we can immerse children and families in the kind of support they need for a brighter future. I believe it is a model that must be replicated in similar communities across the country.”
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