Schools do more than just educate kids. They work closely with student families and the surrounding community, playing a critical role in ensuring that children come to school ready to learn — and leave ready to fully participate in society. But schools often don’t have the resources they need to become strong partners with families, and in poorer urban school districts, those families frequently need many additional supports in order to thrive. Grace Hill's school partnership efforts are a comprehensive approach to tackling educational disparities.
Grace Hill recognizes that schools can’t do it alone — and have built our school partnership efforts around comprehensive student, family and community services. Our Community School Partnership program focuses efforts in two elementary schools in North St. Louis’ 63107 zip code. We place full-time staff in elementary schools to provide wrap-around resources to families, make sure that kids are coming to school on-time and ready to learn, and support school administrators in building sustainable systems of response.
Our Student and Family Mentors are caring, innovative and dedicated professionals who make a difference in the lives of our families. Mentors ensure children have all the resources they need to be successful, from transportation to school to positive reinforcement
in their homework. Parent engagement remains at the core of the daily work of the mentors. Through meetings, phone calls, and home visits, the Mentor actively communicates with the parents on a regular basis. They also encourage parental involvement at the school and provide them with access to the necessary resources for their family.