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Community School

The Northfield Public Schools Community School provides free, out-of-school-time programming for students and families at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Spring Creek elementary schools.

What is a community school?

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of support and opportunities to children, youth and families. A full-service community school is both a school and a community resource, with an integrated focus on academics, health, social services, youth development and community engagement. This leads to a better learning environment for all students, stronger families and a healthier community.

Each community school is responsive to the needs, opportunities and resources of the individual school, but a community school is based on several key components.

Community School Key Components

  • Out-of-school-time programming
  • Expanded health resources/services
  • Youth development programs
  • Adult programming
  • Family resources
  • Early childhood programming
  • Social service connections

Please Note: This is a Minnesota Department of Education program in which student must meet (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68, Subdivision 2) criteria as well as the following:
(1) able to follow verbal instructions and directions provided by Community School staff and supervisors,
(2) able to work independently without disturbing others when assigned individual tasks,
(3) able to safely and successfully transition from one activity to another, and from one location to another with minimal adult supervision and;
(4) refrain from hitting, kicking, biting, and other forms of physical aggression toward other students and staff.

Community School Summer Programming

Community School Summer Program Registration Form

The Greenvale Park Elementary Community School Report can be found here.

  • Data Privacy Notice

    Tennessen Warning

    Community School_21st Century Community Learning Center grant logoCertain data will be collected from and about participants in the Greenvale Park Community School. Demographic information will be provided at the time of enrollment. Other student outcome data (including the Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes and the Federal Teacher Survey) will be collected during the year, pending parental consent. All data are considered private or confidential information and will not be available to the public. In accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, we must notify you about the following:

    1. The purpose and intended use of the requested information:
      • To identify participants in the program;
      • To evaluate program effectiveness; and
      • To improve program quality.
    2. Legal obligations and consequences for not providing information:
      • You are not legally required to provide the requested information.
      • Refusal to provide requested information will not affect enrollment status. However, it will limit the extent to which the program can be appropriately evaluated.
    3. Authorized persons or agencies with whom this information may be shared:
      • You, and persons who have your express written consent;
      • Greenvale Park Community School staff who reasonably require access to the information in the course of their work duties or responsibilities;
      • School district officials;
      • Minnesota Department of Education; and
      • Other person or entity authorized by federal or state law.

    21CCLC Data Privacy Notice

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Bridgewater Community School

Bridgewater Programming Schedule

During the school year, programming is offered Monday through Thursday, from October to May. In the summer, programming will be offered Monday through Thursday, from June 26 to August 10.

For more information, contact Megan Zwolenski.

  • Funding Information

    Funding for the core operations of the Bridgewater Community School and Spring Creek Community School is provided by American Rescue Plan Funding. This historic federal investment to help respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic requires that a portion of the funding given to school districts must be allocated to support out-of-school-time programming and resources.

Greenvale Park Community School

Greenvale Park Programming Schedule

During the school year, programming is offered Monday through Thursday, from October to May. In the summer, programming will be offered Monday through Thursday, from June 26 to August 10.

For more information, contact Megan Zwolenski.

The Greenvale Park Community School Report can be found here.

  • Funding Information

    Funding for the core operations of the Greenvale Park Community School is provided by the Minnesota Department of Education’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant*, Northfield Shares, Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS), Northfield Promise, and Rice County Area United Way.

    *21st Century funding does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.

Spring Creek Community School

Spring Creek Programming Schedule

During the school year, programming is offered Monday through Thursday, from October to May. In the summer, programming will be offered Monday through Thursday, from June 26 to August 10.

For more information, contact Megan Zwolenski.

  • Funding Information

    Funding for the core operations of the Bridgewater Community School and Spring Creek Community School is provided by American Rescue Plan Funding. This historic federal investment to help respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic requires that a portion of the funding given to school districts must be allocated to support out-of-school-time programming and resources.

Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved with the Community School.

Participate

Like the Community School Facebook page for updates on activities and events for students, adults and families.

Volunteer

Lead a club of kids, adults or families in an activity. Or help with childcare, recreation, tutoring, mentoring and more!

Join Our Staff

Check out the district’s Human Resources page for postings of afternoon and evening positions.

What's Going On

Browse our calendar of upcoming activities for opportunities that might interest you.