|Hours||08:00 AM - 03:05 PM|
|School leader||Robert Cooke|
Basic school information
AM and PM kindergarten
|Day or Boarding offered||
|Type of school||
Academic focus and philosophy
|Educational philosophy and approach to learning||
Community School believes in hands-on exploration by children and individualizing instruction to each child's needs. Challenging academics are balanced by a warm and nurturing environment that ensures children feel safe and loved as they take academic risks.
|Academic themes / Areas of focus||
General - school does not emphasize one particular subject
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
|Performing & written arts||
Drawing / Sketching
|World languages taught||
|Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered||
including: Industrial shop
Garden / Greenhouse
Multi-purpose room ("Cafegymatorium")
|Extra learning resources||
Differentiated learning programs
Early childhood program
|Type of center||
|Early childhood starting age||
3 years old
|Certified and/or licensed||
|Requirements for attending||
Children must be three years old by August 1, and should be potty trained.
|Preschool meals offered||
|Social emotional skills development||
Having a strong foundation in social and emotional development is the most important indicator of school success in later years. We want each child to see themselves as unique and able. Children are encouraged to try new things within their day and attempts are celebrated. Teachers model appropriate ways to express feelings to others. We help children learn to form and maintain friendships, and help them learn to respect others and their differences.
|Math skills development||
Math is learned in steps, each based upon knowledge gained during the previous step. We help children develop number sense, the understanding of numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems. Children learn to work with numbers and understand their uses through counting, measuring, ordering and labeling. Young children also explore data by informally collecting, organizing, representing and comparing information gathered in play and during the school day.
By the end of the preschool years, children acquire 80% of their adult language. Our classrooms are alive with conversation between children and their teachers. A key goal is to build vocabulary through literature, math, and science experiences. Teachers provide questions to children that build their language skills and promote critical thinking. All new students and those with speech and language concerns are evaluated to determine if there are any development lags that need to be addressed.
|Reading skills development||
We help develop reading in children by reading high quality literature, and asking predictive and analytic questions to build comprehension and vocabulary. Children are exposed to concepts about print through big books, writing centers, classroom labels, and visual schedules. We help children recognize alphabetic principles, build linguistic awareness through games, nursery rhymes, and rhythmic activities, phonemic awareness, and opportunities to practice phonetic spelling.
|Typical day and activities||
The day begins with a morning meeting to build community, followed by sustained time to visit a variety of centers that build and extend the depth of students’ understanding. The curriculum incorporates reading, writing, math, social studies, art, science, and fine and gross motor skills. Children have morning and afternoon snacks, outside time, lunch, journal time, literature time, and rest time. The children also work with specialists in the areas of physical education, music and French.
|Required credentials for lead staff||
|% of early learning staff that holds a credential or certification||
|Maximum number of infants per adult||
|Maximum number of toddlers per adult||
|Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult||
|Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult||
|Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult||
|Maximum number of kindergartners per adult||
|Maximum number of school-age children per adult||
|This school||State average|
|Two or more races||6%||2%|
|Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander||6%||2%|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||1%||0%|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0%||0%|
Source: See notes
including: Cross country
including: Chess club
Homework help / Study buddy club
|Extended care / Extended programs||
|Before school start time||
|After school end time||
Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Join PTO / PTA
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer in the classroom
Volunteer time after school
|Parent involvement details||
The school believes in partnering with parents in their children's education. Therefore, communication is frequent, taking the form of phone calls, emails, and in-person conferences. Parents also actively volunteer throughout the school.
|Approach to addressing and preventing bullying||
The school uses Responsive Classroom to ensure that students feel safe and cared for in all grades and classrooms. Because classes are small and students are known by their teachers, potential problems are addressed quickly and firmly by the school.
Librarian / media specialist
|World languages spoken by staff||
There are TWO full-time lead teachers in each classroom. 54% of teachers have master's degrees. They have an average of 16 years teaching experience, and an average of 9 years at Community School. 17% of faculty are male and there are 12% faculty of color.
|Application/ enrollment process details||
Parents love the personalized admission process, which always includes a parent interview with the Head of School - a great way to get questions answered and learn about the philosophy of the school. Other steps touring the campus and submitting an application for admission by January 27, 2017. Admission testing will take place on Saturday mornings during January and February. Decision letters, enrollment contracts and financial aid decisions will be mailed on Friday, March 17, 2017.
|Application fee amount||
|Application fee waivers available?||
|Tuition range (low)||
|Tuition range (high)||
|For the year||
|Financial aid offered||