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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

Will Ruffin II is our Community Schools Site Facilitator and an educator in the Rochester Public School district.  Mr. Ruffin prides himself on building relationships and creating spaces where students feel comfortable, safe, and willing to present their authentic selves.  Mr. Ruffin also believes in finding the good in all students.  He wants to remove barriers that prevent students from reaching their full potential so they can grow and thrive as a person, as well as a student.   

Will Ruffin II
Community School Site Facilitator

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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.