Community Schools Partnership

Sixteenth Street is proud to form part of three Community Schools partnerships with Lincoln Avenue, Zablocki and South Division.

Funded by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.

Transforming Schools

Self-identified, real-time priorities of schools and communities.

Lincoln Avenue School's "Green Team" takes charge every day to make sure the school is composting - which a saves the school money and, according to one student, "saves the world."

Through an analysis of Community Conversations from diverse stakeholders and school-level data, the Community School Leadership Team has identified the following as key priorities for our three Community Schools relative to their respective missions.


Lincoln Avenue Elementary School is a bilingual community school that will prepare all students to successfully compete in post-educational opportunities by aligning resources and diverse voices to create an equitable, safe, supportive, and rigorous learning environment, thus making us the school of choice.


  1. Safety
  2. School
  3. Parent Engagement
  4. Sustainability
  5. The Environment


Zablocki’s instructional mission is to work effectively as a Professional Learning Community to meet the academic and behavioral needs of all of our students.

Three Priorities:

  1. Safe and Welcoming Environment
  2. Health and Wellness
  3. Neighborhood Center



South Division is a multicultural community working towards creating a safe and rigorous learning environment that prepares all students for college, career, and life.


  1. School identity
  2. Communication
  3. Safety


The Community School model has been implemented across the country showing that authentic engagement and shared leadership combined with the coordinated community partnerships focused on equity can improve educational outcomes, school climate and investment in local neighborhoods. The Cincinnati school district, which has turned every school into a hub of the community, has seen graduation rates rise from 51% to more than 80% while dramatically reducing the achievement gap between black and white students.

[Source: United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County]

Lincoln Avenue School's green team works with Compost Crusaders to help their school properly compost. Lincoln Avenue diverted over 6,000 lbs of waste from landfills in the first year alone!

Greenfield Building
Lower Level
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Director of Environmental Health
Jamie Ferschinger



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