Caring School Community Research

Researchers and educators agree that schools make a difference in how students develop as citizens and as whole people. Key research findings form the scientific basis for the program.

Two federally funded evaluations of the Caring School Community program prove that creating a strong sense of community increases students’ academic performance. One of these same studies also shows that CSC improves student behavior.

Specific research on DSC’s Child Development Project, the precursor to CSC, showed that the program had a signficant impact. See research results.

Both CSC and its precursor have attained recognition nationwide. The U.S. Department of Education has recently highlighted the Caring School Community program’s research base and effectiveness.

Four core principles at the heart of the Caring School Community program are factored into decisions about school policy, pedagogy, structure, and content.