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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.

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About Julie:

The Site Facilitator at Gage Elementary School is Julie McLaren. Julie believes that our students are changing the world for the better. She feels community schools can empower students by providing a strong academic foundation, developing global and community connections, and clearing barriers. Julie has been with Rochester Public Schools since 2008 as a teacher, implementation associate, and instructional coach. When she isn’t working, you can find her exploring town with her children, drinking coffee and reading, or hiking in the wilderness.  

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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 tables for meetings, and a play space for children. Please make this space your own!

Community Connection

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