Thank you for your interest in how we teach at School for Community Learning.

Our students learn to be proactive in dealing with the social, economic and environmental dynamics that affect their communities. They learn to use:

  • their minds to discern complex societal and global problems,
  • their hearts to bring alive their passions, and
  • their voices to advocate for the issues and causes they believe in.


Sustainability-Based Projects

Projects – big and small – at School for Community Learning encourage students to work with an idea and demonstrate their understanding. All students engage in service and project based learning throughout the school year and are aware of the social issues and needs that our communities currently face.

We use the Education for Sustainability Framework coupled with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to guide our project based work.


Our students learn Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art through a workshop model. This allows our teachers to present content and strategies to the whole class, and then meet individually with students several times a week to ensure that the learning needs of each child are being met. These workshops allow children to experience themselves as writers, scientists, mathematicians, and scholars. Students publish a variety of writing assignments each year, read and discuss books of their choosing across many genres, and learn mathematical strategies that allow them to understand the underlying concepts.

Community-Centered Classrooms

Students learn in community at School for Community Learning. Our teachers and support staff are all trained in the Responsive Classroom approach. We believe that a school’s social curriculum is just as important as its academic curriculum. We deliberately build community into our classrooms and school-wide. Here, students learn how to work together across differences and understand each other’s strengths.


Twice a week, all students take hands-on classes that they have chosen from a variety of elective options. These classes change every nine weeks. Past and current choices have included:

  • Music and song
  • Foreign language study
  • Chess
  • Social action and social justice projects
  • Yoga
  • Knitting
  • Fencing
  • Outdoor play
  • Games
  • Soccer
  • …and more!

Teachers, subject matter experts, and community groups lead these special classes for our students (contact us if you’d like to volunteer to teach a Passions class). Passions classes allow children to engage in the things they are most excited about, in a way that enhances their academic and social growth.

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