To support Longwood Preparatory Academy's Community School Initiative, LPA has partnered with Center for Supportive Schools. Founded in 1979, the Center for Supportive Schools has helped schools become places students want to be by leveraging the resources already in schools to create safer and more supportive, engaging, and inspiring learning communities. Our staff and board include leaders in education, psychology, public health, law, public policy, research, and evaluation. The commitment and dedication of our staff and board have established CSS’s reputation of excellence in leadership training and educational innovation. Together, we are working tirelessly to ensure that CSS achieves its vision that one day, all children will thrive in schools that graduate them prepared for the rigors of college and a life filled with meaningful work, active citizenship, and personal fulfillment. To learn more about the CSS' results click here.

Through collaboration with families, students, teachers, and community organizations, Community Schools engage all members of the school community in improving students’ school experiences and outcomes. With support from Center for Supportive Schools (CSS), LPA utilizes the community school strategy to enhance partnerships, programs, services within the following key focus areas. 


The Center for Supportive Schools staff at LPA are Altagracia Montilla, Lead CBO Supervisor, Evelyn Canela, Community School Director, Evelyn Valentin, Social Worker and Family Engagement Coordinator.

Peer Group Connection

An original CSS solution, Peer Group Connection-High School (PGC-HS) is an evidence-based and school-based program that supports and eases students’ transition from middle to high school. This program taps into the power of older students to create a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen. PGC-HS is the Center for Supportive Schools’ seminal peer leadership program, and has been implemented with a 70% sustainability rate in more than 175 high schools since 1979. A four-year longitudinal, randomized-control study conducted by Rutgers University with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found, among other major results, that PGC-HS improves the graduation rates of student participants by nine percentage points and cuts by half the number of male students who would otherwise drop out. PGC-HS has been recognized by the National Dropout Prevention Center as a Model Program demonstrating Strong Evidence of Effectiveness, its highest effectiveness rating. Learn more here.


All freshmen at LPA are involved in PGC for advisory. Select Juniors and Seniors act as PGC Leaders to the freshmen.  

Achievement Mentoring

The Achievement Mentoring Program [also known as Behavioral Monitoring & Reinforcement Program (BMRP)] is a school-based prevention and intervention program for grades 4 through 11 that has been proven to reduce problem behaviors, improve academics, and reduce drug and alcohol use. Achievement Mentoring contributes to a school environment that allows students to realize that their actions can bring about desired consequences and reinforces this belief by eliciting participation from teachers, parents, and other significant adults in the student’s life. Learn more here.


LPA is leveraging the Achievement Mentoring training, tools, and resources to enhance SWAG Mentoring, a staff to student mentorship program at LPA. These skill building opportunities will ensure consistency and alignment with LPA's core values.