The Center for American Progress has published a new report about community schools that features Gardner Pilot Academy as a national model.

“Lightening the Load: A Look at Four Ways that Community Schools Can Support Effective Teaching,” written by Theodora Chang with Calyssa Lawyer, examined 14 high-performing community or “wraparound” schools nationwide, including GPA. The report highlights GPA’s evening classes for parents to learn English and cites the school’s gains in family engagement:

“Staff at Gardner have seen dramatic improvements in family participation since the school’s conversion to a community school model: While only 25 percent of Gardner families attended parent- teacher conferences in 1997, 98 percent of families participated in the 2010-11 school year.”