Igniting Curiosity, Inspiring Creativity
Project-based learning is the act of learning different subjects simultaneously through identifying a real-world problem (local to global), researching and developing possible solutions, then sharing their learning publicly through authentic presentations.
The Community School is one of over 200 schools in the New Tech Network. Our network is a partner in the Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning initiative that has six components: master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, learn how to learn, and develop academic mindsets. These attributes prepare our students for career and college success.
Read more about learning outcomes at TCS.
At TCS, our daily advisory program is an integral part of our school. Grade-level advisors stay with their advisees all four years of high school to provide support and guidance while at TCS and in future endeavors. A student's advisor is the main connection between The Community School and that student's parents/guardians.
What happens in Advisory?
- Establish a close connection with their advisor and their peers in the advisory from 101 to 401 year
- Set goals -- learn and practice organizational skills
- Discover ‘Who Am I?’ - Autobiography project
- Design and complete independent LTI (Learning Through Interests) projects
- Plan and complete semester Exhibitions
- Track academic progress/transcript
- Create ‘High School and Beyond Plan’
- Practice holistic life skills by incorporating Habits of Heart, Mind, & Health
Wellness classes are what we call our electives. Through these experiences, students have the opportunity to explore interests and try new things that they are curious about.
Wellnesses change every quarter and may include fitness at the YMCA, African drumming, yoga, painting, figure drawing, guitar lab, theater, cosplay, video game design, leadership, yearbook, gardening, literature, chess, STEM lab, and more.
Wellnesses are led by TCS facilitators as well as community experts. In the junior and senior year, students may apply to Running Start or vocational classes at the NEWTech Skill Center.