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Phone: 303.299.3608
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Paul Baumann

Jan Brennan
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Schools of Success is a national network of 19 schools across 10 states that practice high-quality service-learning. Thanks in part to funding from State Farm Companies Foundation and Learn and Serve America, the schools are part of a three-year project to examine how the elements of service-learning enhance student academic knowledge, skills, and education aspirations.  


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State Farm Companies Foundation

Ten schools were selected based on their support of five elements critical to the successful, school-based integration of service-learning shown to lead to greater student achievement and success: Vision and Leadership, Curriculum and Assessment, Professional Development, Community-School Partnerships, and Continuous Improvement.

Each school receives funding over three years to expand and deepen existing service-learning initiatives and build greater capacity within their district. In return, schools will be asked to test and learn from leadership strategies that integrate and sustain quality service-learning for all students to succeed in school and in their communities.

This initiative is supported by a grant from the State Farm Companies Foundation, building on NCLC efforts over eight years to support, encourage, and reward sustainability of quality service-learning. Both State Farm Companies and NCLC share the goal of enhancing the knowledge, skills, and will of education policymakers and leaders to increase state and district policies reflecting the components of quality service-learning.

Learn and Serve America

Through a three-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America: School-Based Programs, NCLC expanded its Schools of Success network to include middle schools (grades 6-9) that promote the use of high-quality service-learning to address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives. The nine selected schools benefit from three days annually of training focused on implementation of high-quality and STEM specific service-learning projects. NCLC collects evidence demonstrating student success and guides schools to move from practice to policy.

These schools join NCLC's existing network to identify and share insights, experiences, strategies, policies, and practices to integrate and sustain service-learning opportunities for all students.

The Schools of Success network is part of a larger evaluation study conducted by RMC Denver that uses a set of common measures across a cluster of Learn and Serve states (Arizona, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota,  Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and national programs (e.g., Youth Service America's STEMester of Services).


Goals of the evaluation study:

  • Allow for aggregation and analysis to develop a regional profile of practice and impact
  • Contribute to the national body of evidence of the efficacy of service-learning as a strategy for meeting academic and civic goals.

Each of the schools in the Schools of Success network examine its program's effects on schools, community conditions, and students' academic and civic engagement using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation employs a pre/post survey of all participating students and matched comparison students, and also uses state averages in mathematics and science test scores and dropout rates as comparative measures. In addition, the survey measures the likelihood of graduating high school, aspirations for postsecondary education and careers, and quality of the service-learning experience. Teachers rate school climate and culture, report impact on community, and rate the quality level of the service-learning programs.



Click the links below to learn more information about the schools in NCLC's SOS network ...

State Farm Funded Schools


Learn & Serve Funded Schools  

duPont Manual High School
Louisville, KY

Waterford High School
Waterford, CT

Christian County Middle School
Hopkinsville, KY
Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Detroit, MI

Grant's Lick Elementary School
Alexandria, KY

Raymond School
Franksville, WI

Hopkinsville Middle School
Hopkinsville, KY
New Foundations Charter School
Philadelphia, PA

Greendale Middle School
Greendale, WI

Patriot Academy
Madison, AL

New Horizons Middle School
Brooklyn, NY
North Drive Middle School
Hopkinsville, KY

Liberty High School
Louisville, KY

Park Forest Elementary School
State College, PA

School for Global Leaders
New York, NY
Sutter Middle School
Fowler, CA

Malcolm Shabazz City High School
Madison, WI

Montpelier High School
Montpelier, VT

Tupelo Middle School
Tupelo, MS

Three of the schools in the NCLC network were highlighted in an article in an issue of District Administration. Service-learning is the focus of "Connecting Curriculum with Community," which features the service-learning programs at Montpelier High School, Raymond School, and Sutter Middle School. These schools are part of NCLC's 19-member Schools of Success, funded by State Farm Insurance Companies and Learn and Serve America.

** Final reports due by Sept. 30, 2012 (Narrative and Financial); contact Lisa Guilfoile for information at 303.299.3690 or


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