Melanie Ruano, CS Project Manager

Denise Benitez, CS Intervention Coordinator

Jicela Soto, FEC Admin

Jenny Torres, FEC Clerk

(559) 717-0405


Four Pillars of Community Schools

Integrated Student Support

Meeting academic, physical, social-emotional and mental health needs. Coordination of trauma-informed health, mental health, and social services.

Extended Learning Time and Opportunities

Academic support, enrichment, and real-world learning opportunities. Before and after school care and summer programs. Tutoring and other learning support during the school day.

Collaborative Leadership Practices for Educators and Administrators

Culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility for outcomes. Professional development to support mental and behavioral health, trauma-informed care, social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and other key areas. Dedicated staff to support and facilitate partnerships, and discover professional development opportunities to build capacity for collaborative education and community leadership structures and practices.

Family and Community Engagement

Actively tapping the expertise and knowledge of family and community members to serve as true partners. Home visits, home-school collaboration, culturally responsive community partnerships. Develop trusting. inclusive, and collaborative relationships with families and community members.

Why Community Schools?

Equity & Access: All students and families will have access to resources, opportunities and supports to academic, social and emotional development and well-being.

Improved Outcomes: Not only has research shown that student achievement and attendance improve, but so do social and economic outcomes of the surrounding community. (Maier, Daniel, Oakes & Lam, 2017)