Frequently Asked Questions
The Community School (TCS) is registered and licensed by the Alabama Department of Education, and all of its faculty members are required to comply to the same standards as public school teachers. They must have teacher certifications, be qualified and actively pursuing certification, or teaching in the field in which they majored.
TCS administrators, faculty and staff are committed educational professionals who care about the educational and spiritual well-being of their students. TCS operates on a 4 day school week, Monday-Thursday. To ensure excellent education, TCS class sizes will remain at a ratio of 1 teacher to 16 students for all K - 6th grade classes. With our small class sizes, we will exceed the required amount of teaching hours per week according to the state law.
What are the grade levels offered at The Community School?
The Community School offers a K3 - 6th grade program.
What is your student-to-teacher ratio?
Pre-School: 14 students to 1 teacher
Kindergarten - 6th grade: 16 students to 1 teacher
Who will be my child's teacher?
Families of enrolled students are notified about placement at the annual "Meet The Teacher" day prior to the first day of school.
Can I tour your school?
Please contact the school office for more information and to schedule a tour. (251) 517-5590
How old does a student need to be to enroll in The Community School?
Pre-K: 3 years old on or before September 1
Kindergarten: 5 years old on or before September 1
1st Grade and Up: Age appropriate by state law
What is required when enrolling?
- Completion of a new registration form for each student.
- Returning student's registration form.
- Payment of non-refundable registration fee.
- Non-refundable curriculum and activity fee.
- Non-refundable Tech Lab fee.
- Copy of BOTH legal guardian’s valid photo ID.
Copy of student's CURRENT Alabama Immunization Record.
*Registration will not be complete until all documents and payments are in hand.
What curriculum is used at The Community School?
In order to meet the educational needs of each student, The Community School is dedicated to using the finest curriculum available. As a private school, we have Christian values integrated throughout each subject area as the topic allows and daily Bible lessons are taught to help establish Christian values.
The Common Core State Standards are a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. These standards are developed from the National Standards. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.
The Community School (TCS) strives to ensure that all students are able to learn the Common Core State Standards based on their own learning style. Each curriculum used will be a guide that follows the State Standards which will keep us, as a school, accountable to teach what the students need and when they need it. However, at TCS we are able to teach and reteach the concepts in different strategies to effectively meet each student's learning style. Teachers at TCS are not only required to follow the textbooks provided by the curriculum, they are encouraged to pull from other resources to ensure each student’s needs are being met.
Curriculum for the 2018-19 school year:
- Language Arts, Reading, Phonics, Handwriting- ABeka
- Math - Saxon and EngageNY
- Social Studies - Studies Weekly
- Science - Studies Weekly
- Bible - ABeka
Does The Community School offer a home- school program?
No, The Community School does not offer home-school programs.
Do you offer special education classes or handicapped services?
At this time, The Community School does not offer separate special education classes.
Oldest enrolled student is full price. Each additional student receives 10% off the monthly tuition. No other discounts will apply. Early Bird Rate Applies.
TUITION & FEES
For answers regarding our Tuition and Fees, please visit our Tuition page.
What are the beliefs of The Community School?
The Community School follows the belief system of City Hope Church. To learn more about City Hope Church's beliefs, please click here.
How often do you have Bible lessons and chapel services?
All students have daily Bible lessons. We also incorporate Biblical truths through out the academic subjects. All students participate in chapel services twice a month.
Will my child fit in if we don’t attend your church?
Although some of our students attend City Hope Church, we do have a large number of families from outside City Hope Church that have blended very well with our school culture. We will always welcome new students outside of our church families.
Does The Community School provide transportation or busing?
No, The Community School relies on parents and families to get students to and from school each day.
How can parents get involved at The Community School?
After an application and a required background check have been approved, parents can be involved at the teacher's request.
Does The Community School require uniforms?
The Community School does not require uniforms. However, students must abide by dress code guidelines found in our Student Handbook.
Will my child take a nap daily?
All Pre-K and Kindergarten classes take a daily nap/rest time. Children are not required to sleep but will be expected to lay quietly and rest. The length of the nap/rest time varies depending on the age of the class.
LUNCH and SNACKS
Parent must provide lunch and snack. Products containing peanuts will not be allowed unless notified differently by the schools administration.