Community School

Tel: (540)563-5036
  • Community School is a secular, independent school serving students ages three through fourteen.
  • Our school is the recipient of a national Best Practices Honoree award from the American Psychological Association.
  • For over forty years, we have embraced a progressive educational tradition.
  • We value the whole child and seek to develop each student's individual gifts.
  • We encourage self-reliance, critical thinking, and creativity. We respect the social, emotional, physical and intellectural needs of each child.
  • We strive to nurture brave, good and curious citizens who contribute responsibly to their local and global communities.
  • Community School enjoys longstanding partnerships with its sister institution Community High School of Arts and Academics and with Hollins University.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students153 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries by level. Please visit website for details.
Admissions DirectorVictoria Coogan

School Notes

  • At Community School, the child is at the center of the learning process and is given an active role. Students contribute to thematic and curricular design, set individual goals, and participate in quarterly conferences with their teacher and parents.
  • We promote community building withing the classroom and outside our school. Students learn in a multi-age environment and benefit from very small classes and frequent off-campus learning opportunities.
  • Our teachers understand that education is learning how to learn. We believe in an integrated and collaborative curriculum, vlue experiential learning, and provide opportunities for students to take risks and to learn from their mistakes in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • We have high academic expectations and present challenges that encourage problem-solving, analytical thinking and deep understanding. Students learn in a non-graded enviroment that recognizes each student's individual level of development and ability.
  • We go outside to explore, observe and play. The outdoors is an extension of our classrooms, and we consider play to be essential to the development of social skills and independent inquiry.
  • Our guiding and central rule is called the Big One: Treat yourself, others, and the environment with care. From it, we learn to take personal responsibility and to become accountable for our actions. Students learn that diveristy strengthens our community and that differences enrich our perspective.
  • All of our students study Spanish, music, drama, visual art, and technology. Our facilities include STEM, music, and computer labs.
  • Our students have benefited from an international exchange program with a private school in Bolivia for eighteen years.
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