A partnership of individuals and organizations working to provide quality out-of school programs focusing on positive child and youth development while meeting the community’s needs for keeping kids safe and families engaged.

What is a Community School?

A community school is a public school that acts as the hub of its neighborhood by engaging community resources that offer on-site programs and services that support the success of students and their families. The community schools model is often characterized by these four components:

  1. A partnership between a school and at least one community based organization.

  2. Development of an advisory board with board representation from the community.

  3. Programs and services that support the academic success of students.

  4. A full-time community school director or coordinator to facilitate all out-of-school time activities.

Community schools focus on the whole child by providing resources to support academics, health, wellness and social services. The end goals of Community Schools are tangible and crucial to the future of the community. The goals are:

  • Children are ready and able to learn when they enter school and everyday thereafter, achieving high standards.

  • Young people are well prepared to be productive adults on the workplace and at their homes.

  • Families and neighborhoods are reconnected, safe, supportive and engaged.

  • Parents and community members are involved with school and life-long learning.

​Program Resource Providers:

  • Access Community Health
  • Baile Latino Culture Connection
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • City of Sun Prairie
  • Crossroads of Sun Prairie
  • Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Family Services of Madison - PICADA
  • Forwards Service Corporation
  • Girls on the Run
  • Great Lakes Higher Education
  • Heartland Community Church
  • Herzing University
  • Joining Forces for Families
  • Madison College
  • QBE
  • Schools of Hope
  • Summit Credit Union
  • Sun Prairie Area School District
  • Sun Prairie Early Childhood Zone
  • Sun Prairie Police Department
  • Sun Prairie Youth and Family Commission


  • Sunshine Place
  • The Colonial Club
  • United Way Play and Learn
  • Urban League of Greater Madison
  • U.W. Extension Dane County
  • YMCA of Dane County
  • Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin
  • YWCA

Funders Include:

  • Bank of Sun Prairie

  • Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School Student Council

  • "Chi PS" UW Fraternity

  • ​East Madison Kiwanis

  • Madison Community Foundation

  • Sun Prairie Culvers

  • Sun Prairie Education Foundation

  • Sun Prairie Rotary

  • Summit Credit Union

  • Technology Education Foundation

  • Wisconsin Energy Foundation


Buena Vista Community School
Westside Elementary School
1320 Buena Vista Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53590


Main Street Community School
Prairie Phoenix Academy
160 South Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590



Girls on the Run finished its first season at Buena Vista Community School. Over a period of 10-12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.


YMCa Community Schools - Sun Prairie