Virginia Community School Framework

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Community Schools Grant Application

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing a funding opportunity for Virginia school divisions to support the development and implementation of community schools.

To apply for funding under this opportunity, school divisions are required to submit the completed application no later than December 9, 2022. Applications must be submitted electronically by email to

Virginia Community School Framework

The Virginia Community School Framework (VCSF) (Word) seeks to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.

Schools or divisions embedding this framework address these barriers and open doors for student success.

Community schools vigorously pursue equity by creating opportunities, empowering communities, providing wrap-around services, and meeting students where they are, every day.

VCSF Branches of Support

The four categories below represent the branches of supports a school provides to students through the VCSF.

  • Basic Needs;
  • Emotional and Mental Health Needs;
  • Student Engagement and Motivation; and
  • Family and Community Engagement.

VCSF Key Elements

The VCSF aligns with the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to maximizing the potential of all learners through the following key elements:

  • Rich data sources to determine the root cause of problems and identify student/community needs;
  • Shared leadership of school goals and outcomes;
  • Supportive of basic needs and emotional/mental health needs;
  • Engagement of students and families in authentic, supportive ways;
  • Comprehensive school plans that are the result of collaboration between school staff, community stakeholders, families, and students; and
  • Unifying partnerships with community organizations and businesses.


National Models

Basic Need Resources

Emotional/Mental Health Resources

Student Engagement and Motivation Resources

Family Engagement Resources

Additional Community Schools Guides and Models

Data Collection Resources

Data Sources