Assessing the Community’s Needs

Because well designed schools respect and reflect the strengths of the communities they serve, CES believes, school design teams must research the answers to such questions as these:

  • What priorities does the parent community have for this school?
  • What are this community’s demographic trends?
  • What role might teachers’ unions play in the school redesign?
  • What other schools serve this community? Who would be drawn to a significantly redesigned school?
  • What individual people, businesses, and community-based organizations might play partner roles?