The Community School, A New Charter School - working to open in Sept. 2014
February 26, 2013
We are a group of educators and parents who will be applying for a charter to open The Community School in September 2014 (please visit our website or our facebook page). We are hoping to gather information from Portland families about your hopes and dreams for your children's schooling. Please take a moment to fill out our survey so we can her from you about what you would hope for a new school in Portland: ). If you would like to express interest in your child attending The Community School please fill out our interest form.
Here is more info about our school...
The Community School is a K-8 charter school, opening in September 2014, that offers academically challenging, culturally responsive, and project-based education and comprehensive support to students’ families. The community school strives to ensure that all children become informed, courageous, and compassionate adults who work to shape our world into one that is more equitable and sustainable. The Community School serves a diverse group of families and strives to ensure that all students are academically and socially prepared to succeed in high school and ultimately poised for college, job, and life success.
The Community School nurtures the development of the whole child through a program that seeks:
- to value and honor each child as a truly unique learner and to provide individual attention and support
- to foster in each student curiosity, integrity, ethical decision making, and compassion;
- to develop intellectual abilities such as scholarship and critical thinking;
- to promote appreciation of differences and respect for the ideas and opinions of others;
- to support the development of a healthy identity and sense of self;
- to nurture imagination, creativity, and connection to musical and visual arts;
- to encourage high self esteem, interpersonal skills, and accountability to self and others;
- to engage families and other community members in the activities of the school.
The Community School strives to create an educational environment where all students and teachers come together to build a joyful, collaborative, and supportive learning community. Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and communication skills are cultivated by an interactive curriculum that emphasizes authentic and rigorous learning.
Community teachers integrate language and expressive arts, mathematical thinking, scientific inquiry, and social studies into in-depth projects and investigations. Our integrated curriculum ensures that all students feel invested in and connected to their studies, and that their learning is connected to the world outside of our school.
The Community School’s curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn and apply academic knowledge and skills as they explore topics that inspire and intrigue them. The Community School’s educational model fosters foundational life skills such as problem solving, collaboration, flexibility and empathy.
In addition to project work, The Community School supports students’ social and emotional learning by putting relationships at the heart of its curriculum. Community teachers invite children to consider their diverse selves, families, and cultural backgrounds in an environment that is rooted in respect, care, and understanding.
By learning about themselves and others, and actively participating in building community, The Community School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
The Community School uses a Restorative Justice model to create a school culture that promotes community safety and emphasizes values of inclusion, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and accountability. Restorative Justice fosters a climate that improves school safety and supports students’ ability to learn across differences and resolve personal and social conflict through dialogue.