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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