Experience the difference
Students learn best when they're engaged. Community School combines high-level academics with project-based learning, showing students that their skills and knowledge can be used to make a difference in the real world.

Elementary School students learn fractions and measuring by building historical technologies such as reed boats.

Middle School students practice presentation techniques and the importance of backing conjecture with fact by investigating a crime on campus and conducting a trial in front of a parent jury.

Upper School students learn about biology by working with the U.S. Forest Service to preserve wildlife habitat. They also explore controversies surrounding preservation by interviewing people in the community, asking questions about wolf management and other contentious topics to a diverse cross-section of the community.

Challenges that might be daunting to other high school students seem smaller to a Community School graduate who has slept in a snow cave built with his or her own hands and spent 48 hours alone in the Utah desert. Students are unafraid to ask for help when they need it, thanks to the supportive learning environment that a small independent school provides.

Community School students know classroom lessons can be applied to the wider world, and they don't hesitate to use what they've learned to pursue diverse goals. This year, senior capstone projects covered everything from building fully automatic drones to working in microfinance in Ghana. Graduates blaze career paths through organizations and institutions such as the Peace Corps, the White House, the Marine Corps and National Geographic.

Students gain crucial knowledge and skills, a global perspective that shows them where those skills can make a difference in the lives of others, and the motivation to pursue lives filled with meaning and purpose.

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