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What is a Community School?

A community school is both a place and set of collective partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school site, and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health, social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. A full-service community school has components engaging instructions, expanded learning opportunities; college, career, and citizenship; health and social support; community engagement; early childhood development; family engagement; and youth development.

Meet Gage's Facilitator

Kari is the Community School Site Facilitator at Gage Elementary. She believes our students deserve all of the support the school, community, and families can provide in partnership to ensure their success. Kari is a graduate of RPS, a veteran teacher in our schools, and a proud mother of two current RPS students. Outside of school, Kari loves to read, cook, travel, and attend concerts and plays.

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Community Connection

Catch up on our latest events and news about what is happening in our school.

Help Us, Help Others

Gage has a family resource room designed to meet the needs of our students and families. It is kept stocked with clothing, food, hygiene, and household supplies to meet the needs of all at any time. We can also connect you with resources from around the Rochester Community.

We welcome families, guests, and partners to make use of this space. There are two computers with internet and printing access available. There are also couches, tables for meetings, a play space for children, and fresh coffee brewed daily. Please make this space your own!