Knapp Community School

Knapp Elementary became Racine County's first community school in the 2016-17 school year. Knapp is a 4K-5th-grade school that has served Racine students since 1912 and offers a variety of services to students and parents. Learn more about Knapp Community School on its website and Facebook


Upcoming Events

December 12

Holiday Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


December 22 - January 3

Winter Break (no school)


January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)


February 13

Black History Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


March 7-8

Parent/ Teacher Conferences, no school


March 13

Professional Learning Day (no school)


April 18

Family Game Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 


March 29-April 5

Spring Recess (no school)


April 26

Professional Learning Day (no school)


May 17

Professional Learning Day (no school)


May 27

Memorial Day (no school)


June 11

Last Day of School



Weekly Events


Basketball Skill Clinic 2:30-3:30 



Pickleball Club 2:30-3:00


K.N.A.P.P. Group (Parents)  Meetings 


Monday- Thursday

Extended Learning (Clipper Club) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Y.L.A. Program from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 


John XXIII Educational Center: a ministry of St. Patrick's Parish

High School Support Program

Middle School Support Program

1101 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402

(262) 721-4565


Racine Family YMCA

Teen Achievers

Young Achievers

Family Service of Racine Y Branch
420 Seventh Street
Racine  WI 53403

(P) 262.634.1994
(O) 262.898.4763


SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.

Girls Inc. Middle School Programs

1030 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53403

(262) 637-9559 x106


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension

Early Learning and School Readiness Project

UW-Madison, 432 North Lake Street, 104 Extension Building, Madison, WI 53706

(262) 767-2916


Youth for Christ - Southeastern Wisconsin

Parent Life

3001 Carpenter Avenue, Mount Pleasant, WI 53403

(262) 633-9016

Burlington Transitional Living Center, Inc.

482 South Pine Street Burlington, WI 53105

(262) 767-1478


Catherine Marian Housing, Inc.

Bethany Apartments

806 Wisconsin Avenue
Racine, WI 53403

(262) 633-9446


HALO, Inc. (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization)

HALO Shelter Program

2000 DeKoven Avenue, Unit #1  Racine, WI 53403

(262) 456-8366


Health Care Network, Inc.

Health Care Services

500 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #102, Racine, WI 53403

(262) 632-2400


IMPACT, Inc.     


6737 W Washington St #2225, Milwaukee, WI 53214      

(414) 256-4808 or 211


Racine County Food Bank

Emergency Food Distribution

2000 DeKoven Avenue, Unit #2, Racine, WI 53403

(262) 632-2307


SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.          

Youth Shelter and Outreach Programs    

1030 Washington Avenue Racine, WI 53403

(262) 637-9559 x106


The Arc of Racine County, Inc.   

Arc 100%ers: Peer mentoring group for adults with disabilities    

6216 Washington Avenue, Suite C-5, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406 

(262) 634-6303


The Cerebral Palsy Agency of Racine County, Inc.              

Camp Kinder      

3312 Washington AvenueRacine, WI 53405         

(262) 633-0291


Volunteer Center of Racine         

Get Connected  

6216 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI 53406       

(262) 886-9612


Women's Resource Center of Racine, Inc.            

Empowerment Program

P.O. Box 1764 Racine, WI 53401 (262) 633-3274


Housing Resources, Inc. - Racine

Homebuyer Education & Counseling       

500 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 205 Racine, WI 53403

(262) 636-8271


Racine County   

Racine Family YMCA Focus on Fathers Initiative  

1717 Taylor Avenue Racine, WI 53403    

(262) 638-6695


Racine Family YMCA      

First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Family Service of Racine Y Branch 420 Seventh Street Racine, WI 53403

(P) (262) 634-1994

(O) (262) 898-4763


Racine Literacy Council  

Racine Literacy Council: Adult Literacy Program 

734 Lake Avenue, Racine, WI 53403        

(262) 632-9495


YWCA Southeast Wisconsin        

YWCA SEW High School Equivalency Diploma Program (HSED)     

1915 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr Milwaukee, WI 53212  

(414) 267-3120

Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County, Inc.

NAMI Racine County

2300 DeKoven Avenue Racine, WI 53403              

(262) 637-0582




Stop Child Abuse & Neglect        

2000 Domanik Drive, 4th floor Racine, WI 53404

(262) 619-1634


Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin d/b/a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services

Child and Family Counseling       

620 S. 76th Street Milwaukee, WI 53214              

(414) 292-4170


Focus on Community      

Substance Abuse Prevention Program    

1240 Washington Ave., Racine, WI, 53403            

(262) 632-6200


Racine Family YMCA      

Family Service of Racine Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange  

Family Service of Racine Y Branch 420 Seventh Street Racine, WI 53403

(P) (262) 634-1994

(O) (262) 898-4763


Racine Friendship Clubhouse      

Work-Ordered Day         

2000 17th Street Racine, WI 53403          

(262) 636-9393

Focus on Community

Opportunities Club

Opportunities Club is an after school and summer programming series for 3rd - 5th grade youth that provides unique educational experiences. This program is facilitated by Focus programming staff and also utilizes high school students as Teen Peer Mentors. The program teaches topics ranging from cooking to robotics, while at the same time helping participants develop skills that will reduce the likelihood that they engage in risky behavior. It is essential that we take a holistic approach in preventing substance abuse and other risky behavior. We know that after school and during the summer are times when youth have a greater risk of choosing to engage in activities that may lead them to dangerous or pattern forming behaviors. Opportunities Club provides participants with wholesome, engaging and productive activities that help promote positive decision making, set them on a better path for their future and introduces new activities that may help to discover a new passion!

Advancing Family Assets

The Advancing Family Assets (AFA) program promotes family success and stability by providing one-on-one coaching and support with a focus on three key areas: income, health, and education. Coaches work with clients to identify strengths and goals, develop individual success plans and access local resources. The AFA program provides free coaching and support relating to employment, financial management, educational opportunities. The employment coaching aspect includes resume building and interviewing etiquette. The financial management aspect includes helping clients understand and build credit, eliminate debt, and create and utilize a budget. Additionally, the educational opportunities aspect includes exploring GED/HSED assistance, continuing education opportunities and job training programs for adults and tutoring, enhancing relationships within families, boundaries and communication, addressing nutrition, exercise, mental health, and gaining healthy coping skills for youth.

Multi-Hub FAST (Families and Schools Together)

FAST is an innovative and collaborative prevention and parent-involvement program in which families gather to participate in specific, fun, researched based activities aimed at strengthening families and empowering parents. Schools, families and two community partners join together in eight weekly sessions. During the 2 1/2 hour sessions families spend the first hour participating in research-based family activities that include a family meal, games, music and crafts and then the group separates into child and parent groups for the second hour. During this time parents participate in a peer led group discussing topics and concerns they are interested in while building an informal support network. Children participate in hands on activities, story time, games, and crafts. In the last 30 minutes of the program parent and child dyads take part in 15 minutes of special play and the group closes with announcements a lottery, and a final group activity called RAI.


Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Racine Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Designed with, by, and for girls, in a safe and inclusive environment where girls can develop into strong women, the Racine Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) develops a girl’s full leadership potential and offers unique experiences through activities focused around life skills, outdoor education, STEM, and entrepreneurship. Support from the United Way of Racine County would provide access to the GSLE for all Racine County girls, especially girls enrolled in LIFT schools and from other under-served areas of the county who are part of our Community Outreach Program.


Housing Resources, INC. - Racine

Racine Financial Empowerment Center

The Racine FEC provides free, professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching to City of Racine residents. The Racine FEC’s professionally trained and certified financial counselors help residents reduce debt, improve their credit, learn budgeting and financial management skills, increase their savings for both short-term emergencies and longer-term financial goals, connect to safe and affordable banking products, and more. All FEC counseling is completely free and confidential and open to all City residents age 18+.


Racine Family YMCA

The School Achievers

School Achievers is an after-school academic support and leadership development program for youth in grades 2­5 that promotes positive behavioral and academic outcomes. The program serves these youth at school sites in some of Racine’s most challenged neighborhoods with tutoring, homework assistance, tutoring, leadership group sessions and structured activities. The program collaborates closely with the administration and leadership of the schools that host the programs. The schools provide space for the program within their buildings and provide data used to measure student success.


Racine Vocational Ministry, INC.

RVM Walk-in Program

Racine Vocational Ministry’s Walk-In program serves all of Racine County. Last year it assisted approximately 150 participants providing: community outreach, comprehensive intake, employment readiness and life skills training, employment counseling, intensive case management, job referral and placement, employer recruitment, work experience, educational and employment support. Walk-In participants are those who, for many reasons, need supportive services and assistance in finding employment. United Way funding allows RVM to serve some of Racine’s most under-served residents who are almost universally in desperate need of employment, job support and long-term vocational guidance.


SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.

Girls, Inc. Elementary School Programs

Girls Inc. of SE Wisconsin has been providing services to Racine area girls since 2007 under the leadership of Jeanette Brown. Girls Inc. of SE Wis. is the only affiliate in SE Wisconsin and one of only two in the state. Using gender specific academic and enrichment curriculum, Girls Inc. targets elementary, middle and high school urban girls. The curriculum is grounded in solid research, tested and evaluated in the field. Girls Inc. programs are delivered by trained facilitators, addressing the real needs of the modern girl. Programs for elementary grades are age, grade and developmentally appropriate. Girls Inc. offers a foundation for subsequent learning, programs and skill development and provides girls with the support and tools to set their goals and reach their dreams through determination, positive motivation and mentorship.


The ARC of Racine County, Inc.

Special Education Advocacy Program 

The Special Education Advocacy Program serves parents of children ages 3-21 who have an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). We provide IEP review, IEP meeting support, educational programs for students and families, and parent workshops on disability issues, rights and laws, and on the IEP process.


Three Harbors Council - Boy Scouts of America

Scout Reach

Scout Reach is a program within the Boy Scouts of America that provides a traditional Cub Scout program to boys and girls ages 6 to 11 years old in underserved communities. The program aims to prepare youth to grow into self-reliant and dependable adults. To achieve this goal, Scouts participate in hands-on activities designed to instill the values of character, community, and citizenship.



RUSD Annual Report

The Community Schools impact is featured on page 8 of the Racine Unified School District 2021-22 annual report! 



Walking School Bus featured on CBS 58's One Good Thing

Check out this short video on CBS 58 talking about how the Walking School Bus helps kids make it to school on time. 


Knapp became Racine County's first community school during the 2016-17 school year. 


By June 2024, Knapp aims to boost literacy proficiency from 43% to 55% for K-3 students. To achieve this, it's important to focus on equipping kids with the necessary tools to support their reading and writing skills. The district's early learning assessments will play an important role in tracking student progress and identifying areas that may require additional assistance. With the combined efforts of educators, parents, and the community, Knapp can definitely make this goal a reality and provide ongoing academic support for K-3 students.

Meet your coordinator

Zyaire Strowder

Zyaire Strowder (She/Her)

Zyaire facilitates resources for students, families and community members in the Knapp neighborhood. 

(262) 456-6471

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