Evaluations of Community Schools

J. Dryfoos
January 1, 2000

This report offers preliminary findings from 49 community school initiatives (while the overall goal is education reform, all program evaluated include as a major component programming in the non-school hours). Outcomes targeted by the evaluations are organized into four categories: learning and achievement, social behavior and healthy youth development, family well-being, and community life. The programs included cover a broad continuum of models and program evolution, and the quality of studies varies significantly. In 46 of the programs evaluated, positive changes were observed in one or more outcome area.