WINNER: Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge Winners
Gestalt Community Schools (GCS) offers a system of K-12 college-preparatory charter schools in targeted Tennessee neighborhoods in order to provide strong academic outcomes for its scholars. One way GCS improves academic outcomes is by involving the community in meaningful ways. GCS catalyzes community leadership to help revitalize the neighborhood as it operates its schools in that community. Instead of debating whether education impacts the community or visa versa, GCS believes that the most impactful method to support student learning is an integration of education and community (a true “gestalt”).