The Texas Organizing Project told NBC DFW it was part of transforming Billy Earl Dade Middle School in the Dallas Independent School District into a "community school."
The academics and morale at Dade Middle school are heading in a positive direction, according to the Texas Organizing Project.
The organization credits its community school model with the change.
"It takes shared leadership between teachers, parents, students and local organizations," Edward Turner said. "There were a lot of concerns at the school before."
Turner said this year Dade students have more encouragement from the community, additional tutoring services and a new bus stop at Park and Hickory.
"This is the result of community schools," he said.
Turner said the results of testing at Dade will also help determine whether the community school model is working.
TOP is set to host a meeting about the community school model at Dade Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. It is open to the public.