Community Schools


Our mission is to use the university-assisted community-school model to work with urban school districts to assist in school and community transformation.


The vision of Community Schools  is to transform our community, one school at a time.

We will do this through using the university-assisted, community school model created by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. The "Netter" has worked with West Philadelphia schools for over 25 years, in creating mutually beneficial, mutually respectful relationships with the school district and local community in...

"...actively solving strategic, real-world, community-identified problems in their local community"..creating a much better opportunity for the institution of higher education to "significantly advance learning, research, teaching, and service."  (Benson, Harkavy & Puckett, 2008: Universities, Schools, Communities, and Democracy, The Good Society 17(2):93.)


What is our purpose?: Our purpose at Community Schools is to work with urban schools to create positive change for schools and their neighborhoods and communities.

How will we do this?:  We will achieve positive change through partnering with community groups already at work in supporting schools as well as new partners who would like to join us.

The Netter Model

Here at Stockton University we will use the University-Assisted Community School Model of the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships to help support schools in South Jersey. We are pleased the Atlantic City School District has agreed to partners with Stockton in implenting and assessing the Netter Model as applied to a shore community.

Join us as we work with community partners and our schools to improve students’ lives and transform our community, one school at a time.

volunteering with children


Community Partners

  • African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
  • Atlantic City Board of Education
  • Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club
  • Atlantic City Day Nursery
  • Atlantic City Department of Recreation
  • Atlantic City Special Improvement District
  • Atlantic City Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • Atlantic City Police Department
  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority
  • AtlantiCare
  • Anti Hunger Network, Rutgers University
  • American Friends of Engineering
  • Family Services Association
  • Housing Authority and Redevelopment Agency of Atlantic City
  • Lowe's Home and Garden
  • Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Noyes Museum
  • Peter Caporilli and Tidewater Workshop
  • Pleasantville High School
  • Sodexo Food Services
  • Steve and Cookie's Restaurant
  • Stockton Center of Successful Aging
  • The Campus Kitchens Project
  • United States Junior Tennis Association
  • Yoga 9 


Community Schools operates through Stockton faculty and students.  Faculty contribute by creating new courses or adapting existing courses to support service in urban schools and communities. The Office of Service-Learning contributes by offering Community Schools as an option for university students interested in service-learning opportunities. 

Join Us

To Stockton Faculty:

Interested in knowing how you can adjust your courses or create a new course to support work in community schools? 

To Stockton Students, Student Clubs, and Greek Organizations:

Think you might be interested in volunteering your services to support students in Atlantic City schools or with community organizations making a difference?


Contact Dr. Merydawilda Colón at