Touchstone Community School
- Touchstone Community School's mission is to cultivate a joy of lifelong learning through transformative intellectual, social and emotional growth.
|School Type||Alternative School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Mild Learning Differences|
|Total Students||81 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||15 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||12 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$18,200|
|Tuition Notes||Financial aid is an important value in the school. 40% of our families receive support. The tuition rate of $18,200 is for first through eighth grade, different rates apply for preschool and kindergarten program.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$5,500|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Sally Kent|
|Admissions Associate||Michelle Mangano|
Our School Values are:
- Knowing and Being Known
- Joy & Play
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Southbridge Grades: PK-8 | 157 students
11 Pine St
Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-5991 21.3 PK-8
- Webster Grades: PK-8 | 176 students
48 Negus Street
Webster, MA 01570
(508) 943-2735 15.2 PK-8
I cannot say enough positive things about our experience at Touchstone. We enrolled because we were seeking a more positive, enriching and supportive environment for our son, who was unhappy in our local, public middle school. Touchstone's fantastic teachers and its friendly, accepting environment transformed him from a bright but unenthusiastic student to a kid who loved to learn and could not wait to get to school each day. The small learning environment allowed him to get more one-on-one time with teachers than what was possible in the previous public school setting, and he was also able to pursue individualized projects that suited his unique interests and learning style. We easily felt like the community was family right from the outset of our time at Touchstone and our son quickly made wonderful friends. Now, as they head off to high school, I'm confident these friendships will last a lifetime. And my son is headed to a top-tier private high school in the region - a challenge the education at Touchstone has prepared him for going forward. Touchstone was life changing in the best of ways for my son and enrolling him there was one of the best decisions we ever made.
- Posted by Parent - Joan G
This is my son's second year attending Touchstone. He's grown so much since he began attending--academically and socially. He went from a kiddo whose curiosity and drive was being dimmed in public school to having a zest for learning re-kindled. His teachers have cared deeply about his social/emotional growth and development as well. He can be a quiet kid who has found his voice. Amazing school.
- Posted by Parent - Mom4
We love the warm, caring, community way that Touchstone nurtures and cares for our children and family. Integrated project based learning is a great fit for clever, inquisitive children. Who want to delve deep into subjects and follow their passions. Highly recommend this school!
- Posted by Parent - JDR
I'm in the fortunate position of having been a parent at Touchstone as well as being an educator. I've seen schools all over the country and the combination of true in-depth learning of curriculum along with a deep commitment to the development of social skills is rare and is extremely valuable. During their Touchstone education, my children gained the ability to follow their passions, to not be afraid to learn from their mistakes, and to navigate social dynamics. Touchstone is not for every child. Because the goal is to help children develop internal discipline in order to meet their goals in life, there is not an emphasis on heavy top-down control. I believe that children who need that heavy outside discipline may do better somewhere else. But when my children left Touchstone and went to other schools, their teachers were amazed at their ability to be self-directed, excited learners. Their ability to navigate a wide range of environments has stood them well in their lives as successful adults in their fields.
- Posted by Parent - Jane
Amazing program for kids. The learning here is deep and meaningful. My child loved to go to school and looked forward to returning after vacations. Doesn't that tell you that this school is doing it right.
- Posted by Parent - Alum Parent
Exceptional, committed teachers, kind, thoughtful students, and a dedicated administration make this school a wonderful educational community. Everyone, including other parents, make you feel welcome from day one, and my son has never been happier or more engaged in his learning, than at Touchstone Community School.
- Posted by Parent - vpaulman