Community Partnership School

Empowering students to succeed in school and life 

Students attending Title I schools in low-income communities often struggle to focus on their education because of the many complex challenges they face daily. Often, students in these schools struggle with:

  • Poverty 
  • Lack of access to adequate health care
  • Exposure to violence and other crime
  • Exposure to drugs
  • Hunger
  • Abuse or neglect

Community Partnership Schools address students’ holistic needs, recognizing their unique challenges – and opportunities. Many schools offer:

  • On-site access to health and wellness services
  • After-school activities
  • Parent Resource Centers
  • On-site food pantries
  • Counseling
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Cultural enrichment activities

No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike – each centers on unique community needs to allow students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

A partnership among Heartland for Children, Polk County Public Schools, Southeastern University, Central Florida Health Care, & United Way brought the successful Community Partnership School model to Crystal Lake Elementary in Lakeland, FL in time for the 2018/19 school year. 

Each Community Partnership School focuses on four pillars:

  • Extended Learning
  • Student Supports
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Collaborative Leadership

Community Partnership School successes include:

  • Increases in student achievement
  • Improved student attendance
  • Increased Parent and Community Involvement
  • Increases in graduation rates
  • Positive changes in school culture
  • Improved health of the student and community

Increased Overall Lifelong Success:

  • Education
  • Employment 
  • Health

Andrea Hagan - Director

Andrea Hagan - Director

Andrea Hagan, BA | Director of Community Partnership Schools
Crystal Lake Elementary, a Community Partnership School
Address: 700 Galvin Drive | Lakeland, FL 33801 
Desk: (863) 499-2966 ext.433 | Mobile: (863) 221-6844
ahagan@heartlandforchildren.organdrea.hagan@polk-fl.net


About Andrea:
Andrea Hagan is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 1986. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Southeastern University. She has over twenty-nine years of combined experience in social services, serving children and families in both the areas of nonprofit faith based and community based care in Central Florida. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Hagan has worked in the areas of emergency shelter care, maternity care, foster care, adoption, and prevention. She joined Heartland for Children in June of 2010 as a Prevention Specialist and currently serves as the Director of Community Partnership Schools at Crystal Lake Elementary School, the very first Community Partnership School in Polk County. Ms. Hagan has a passion for serving others and building strong families and community.

CPS in the News

CPS in the News

ARTICLE  Palm Beach Post: "Community partnership schools help economic development"
- ARTICLE  Lakeland Ledger: "Community school initiative moving ahead in Polk"
- ARTICLE  Lakeland Ledger: "Crystal Lake Elem to become community school in Polk pilot program"
- ARTICLE  Lakeland Ledger: "Hagan to oversee community partnership school"
- STORY  Bay News 9: "Crystal Lake Elem opening as 1st community partnership school in Polk"Crystal Lake Elementary opening as the 1st community partnership school in PolkCrystal Lake Elementary opening as the 1st community partnership school in Polk

Business & Community Partners

Business & Community Partners