Metro Nashville Public Schools has decided to turn 17 schools into what they call "community schools."
The program, called Community Achieves, will work by using the schools as a hub for all types of community services that families need.
Each school will assess its needs and then work with partners to offer programs to meet those needs, including after school programs, adult education, health clinics, job counseling and sports and community events.
By implementing the Community Achieves program, educators hope to keep families involved to increase achievement while lowering the risk of student dropouts.
The Community Achieves program will use key partners like Alignment Nashville, United Way, YMCA, the PENCIL Foundation, the Metro Public Health Department and Conexion Americas.