Community Schools

The Community Schools Program has been operating in JCPS since 1997, but the concept is age-old.

A Community School is a public school building open after the regular school day and offers programming for the entire family. Today, six JCPS schools have committed to their communities to keep their doors open as an invitation to community members. All six schools offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for all ages, Monday through Friday year-round.

During the school year, all sites are open from the end of the school day until 9 p.m.

During the summer, each site offers special daytime programming for families; some even provide full-day camp opportunities.

Each Community School’s programming schedule reflects the unique wants and needs of the surrounding community. The program aims to provide programs that directly respond to community members' requests.

Community Schools are designed to provide intergenerational, educational, social, cultural, and recreational activities to empower students and families to maximize their potential. In addition to working with community residents, each program focuses on enhancing the programming provided by community agencies and organizations. Every Community School Program site is unique, much like the communities they serve.

Contact Us

Tyson Harbin
Associate, Community Schools
(502) 485-3834

Programming Examples

  • In-home fitness

  • Family movie nights

  • Bingo for books

  • Financial Literacy

  • Public Health seminars

  • Nutrition education

  • Dance

  • Filmmaking

  • A physical activity curriculum designed around every Skillastic kit highlights fitness, sports-skill development, academic integration, and character development.  

Thank you, partners, for helping us meet the needs of our community!

Some of our partners include:

  • Louisville Science Center

  • Louisville Free Public Library

  • University of Kentucky College of Agricultural Food and Environment

  • Family & Children's Place

  • Park Duvall Community Health Center

  • Various Schools

Advisory Boards

New board members are always welcome!

Since each program strives to meet the community's needs, each school has an advisory board to help guide planning. Each board consists of school staff, citizens who live and/or work in the area, and students. Citizens of all ages are invited to check out the offerings at the Community School near them.