The UCF Center for Community Schools in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida is a practice-based organization that provides community school technical assistance, university-assisted partnerships, training and development, and assessment and evaluation.

In 2010, UCF co-founded the successful Community Partnership School™ model with Children’s Home Society of Florida and Orange County Public Schools at Evans High School in Orlando.

The UCF Center for Community Schools opened in 2014 to help expand Community Partnerships Schools across the state and to advance community schools more broadly. The center has implemented a rigorous, strength-based certification process to ensure best practices. Currently, there are 15 UCF-Certified Community Partnership Schools in Florida, with many others seeking certification.

UCF Community Schools staff members

Mission and Vision


Our mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource for best practices in the advancement of community schools. We provide technical assistance, assessment and evaluation, and university assistance, with the aim of driving continuous improvement and better outcomes for students, families and communities.


We envision a world of equitable school communities that support the whole child.



High Quality


Diverse & Inclusive



Goal 1: Meet the statewide technical assistance, assessment, and evaluation needs of Community Partnership Schools sites.

Goal 2: Develop and sustain high quality community schools informed by the field and research-based best practices.

Goal 3: Collect, analyze, and report community school outcomes to support data-driven decisions at every level.

Goal 4: Expand the reach of the center by building capacity for the delivering of high-quality community schools statewide, nationally, and internationally.