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If you have additional questions that are not addressed on this page or on our web site, please attend an information meeting or contact us.

Contents

  1. 1 Teachers and Staff
    1. 1.1 Q: Who are your teachers?
    2. 1.2 Q: How do you find teachers?
    3. 1.3 Q: Are your teachers trained in classical education?
    4. 1.4 Q: Are your teachers Christian?
    5. 1.5 Q: How many teachers do you have?
    6. 1.6 Q: What are your teachers' qualifications and backgrounds?
    7. 1.7 Q: What other staff do you have?
  2. 2 Scheduling and Calendar
    1. 2.1 Q: What if my student needs to miss a week of class?
    2. 2.2 Q: Do you follow a particular school system for calendar purposes?
  3. 3 Admissions
    1. 3.1 Q: What is the application due date?
    2. 3.2 Q: How early could we be admitted and enrolled?
    3. 3.3 Q: What happens if we apply but the grade level we're interested in is already full?
    4. 3.4 Q: What is the difference between a waiting pool and a waiting list?
    5. 3.5 Q: How many students are in the waiting pool for my child's grade?
    6. 3.6 Q: If we are not admitted due to limited space, will our application remain on file for the next year? Does the waiting pool carry over from one year to the next?
    7. 3.7 Q: What is the minimum age for admission to PreKindergarten?
  4. 4 Class size
    1. 4.1 Q: What is the typical class size?
    2. 4.2 Q: What is the maximum class size?
  5. 5 Fees, Tuition, and Scholarships
    1. 5.1 Q: Are books included as part of the tuition?
    2. 5.2 Q: What is the cost of books?
    3. 5.3 Q: Do you offer scholarships?
    4. 5.4 Q: Do you offer tuition discounts for multiple children from one family?
  6. 6 At-home school days
    1. 6.1 Q: What is the role of the parent when teaching at home?
    2. 6.2 Q: How much time is spent on lessons during the at-home days?
    3. 6.3 Q: How do I teach my older child during the at-home days while my younger children are also in the home?
    4. 6.4 Q: How do I teach multiple children in the older grades?
    5. 6.5 Q: Is there a set schedule that we must follow during at-home days?
    6. 6.6 Q: What if I get stuck and don't know what to do for a particular assignment?
  7. 7 On-campus school days
    1. 7.1 Q: Do you have uniforms and a dress code?
    2. 7.2 Q: What if I just want my child to attend a half-day?
    3. 7.3 Q: What are school hours?
    4. 7.4 Q: What happens in the classroom during a typical on-campus school day?
  8. 8 Activities, sports, fine arts, and electives
    1. 8.1 Q: What are your electives?
    2. 8.2 Q: Do you have sports? 
    3. 8.3 Q: Do you have Fine Arts? 
    4. 8.4 Q: How many students participate in electives?
    5. 8.5 Q: What other activities are available?
    6. 8.6 Q: Do you take field trips?
    7. 8.7 Q: What student leadership opportunities are there?
  9. 9 Curriculum
    1. 9.1 Q: What curriculum do you use?
    2. 9.2 Q: Is your Bible curriculum linked to a particular church or denomination?
  10. 10 Accreditation & Accountability
    1. 10.1 Q: What are your plans for gaining accreditation?
    2. 10.2 Q: How is the school held accountable to external standards?
  11. 11 Grades, Testing, and Assessments
    1. 11.1 Q: Do you administer standardized tests to students?
    2. 11.2 Q: Is the standardized testing mandatory?
    3. 11.3 Q: Is there admissions or placement testing?
    4. 11.4 Q: Are there grades given for the Bible curriculum?
    5. 11.5 Q: Do you give report cards?
    6. 11.6 Q: Do you have Parent-Teacher conferences?
    7. 11.7 Q: Do you have transcripts?
    8. 11.8 Q: How are grades and assessments handled?
    9. 11.9 Q: What is the standard for passing from one grade to the next?
  12. 12 Transitioning from other schools
    1. 12.1 Q: My child would be coming to TCS from another school which is not Classical. Will he/she be able to fit in academically?
    2. 12.2 Q: What should I do to prepare my student for TCS?
    3. 12.3 Q: How would I transition to TCS from homeschool?
    4. 12.4 Q: My child is advanced academically and is reading well-above grade level. Would TCS be a fit for my child?
    5. 12.5 Q: Can accommodations be made or assignments shortened for students with learning differences?
    6. 12.6 Q: My child has a severe peanut allergy. Can precautions be taken for this?
    7. 12.7 Q: My child needs medicine or insulin administered during the school day. Can this be accommodated?
  13. 13 Discipline
    1. 13.1 Q: How is on-campus discipline implemented? 
  14. 14 Expectations of Parents
    1. 14.1 Q: Are parents expected to be on-campus on Monday and Wednesday? 
    2. 14.2 Q: What exactly is meant by "parental involvement" in the school?

Teachers and Staff

Q: Who are your teachers?

A: Please visit our Teachers and School Leadership page for biographies of our teachers.

Q: How do you find teachers?

A: Each spring we list our open positions on the Employment page of this web site and we publicize our open teaching positions among current families, our school mailing list, and local churches. Each prospective teacher undergoes a thorough application, interview, and evaluation process. TCS provides one of the few employment options for a part-time teaching position in a Christian school.


Q: Are your teachers trained in classical education?

A: Yes. All TCS teachers receive instruction in classical teaching methods, both during the summer and during the school year. The majority of our teachers come to TCS with some experience in Classical instruction, content, and methods. The school provides additional training each year to all our teachers during the summer and TCS also conducts on-campus in-service days when teachers receive training during the school year. Additionally, teachers may attend a Classical education conference during the school year.

Q: Are your teachers Christian?

A: Yes. Teachers must agree with the TCS Statement of Faith.

Q: How many teachers do you have?

A: One for each class. Some upper grades are taught by a teaching team. We will add additional teachers as we add grades and classes. Several Teaching Assistants also work in the classrooms of the younger grades. You can view the complete list of faculty and staff on the Teachers and Leadership page.

Q: What are your teachers' qualifications and backgrounds?

A: All of our TCS teachers are degreed professionals with a deep commitment to Christian education. Please review our Teachers and Leadership page for details about our teachers' qualifications.

Q: What other staff do you have?

A: In addition to our teachers for the core academic subjects, TCS has the following positions: Teaching Assistants, Campus Coordinators, Administrative Coordinators, PreGrammar Academic Director, Grammar School Academic Direct, Logic School Academic Director, Eloquium (Fine Arts) Coordinator, P.E. Coach, Cross Country Coaches, and Head of School.

Scheduling and Calendar

Q: What if my student needs to miss a week of class?

A: Our expectation is that every student will attend every class day, health permitting. If a student must miss class due to illness, the full lesson plans are available for the days that were missed, and the child's teacher may also provide some additional guidance for the best way to make up the missed days. Since each week includes only two on-campus days, it is especially important that students attend on-campus school days if possible.

Q: Do you follow a particular school system for calendar purposes?

A: For Spring Break and weather-related cancellations we follow the Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD). However, TCS does not observe all the same holidays as SBISD and our first day of school in August, our last day of school in May, and Christmas break dates may be different. Visit our school calendar page (in the left menu on this page, under Academics, click Calendar) for the upcoming school year.

Admissions

Q: What is the application due date?

A: Since TCS uses rolling admissions, we accept students throughout the year and there is not a single due date for your application. However, some grades reach capacity quickly so it is helpful to apply as early as possible. The earliest that you may submit an application is immediately following the October Information Meeting. Please refer to the Admissions Process page for more details.

Q: How early could we be admitted and enrolled?

A: If you apply at the first opportunity following the Information Meeting held in October, and if you subsequently receive an offer of admission, you could enroll as early as December.

Q: What happens if we apply but the grade level we're interested in is already full?

A: You may choose to remain in the waiting pool or you may withdraw your application. Your application fee is 100% refundable if you remain in the waiting pool but your family does not receive an offer of admission.

Q: What is the difference between a waiting pool and a waiting list?

A: After a grade reaches maximum enrollment, we form a waiting pool for interested families. The word "pool" indicates that within this group of prospective students there is no priority given based on the date of student's application. TCS admissions staff may invite any family in the "waiting pool" to interview without considering the date of the family's original application.

Q: How many students are in the waiting pool for my child's grade?

A: Because the number of students in any grade's waiting pool can change rapidly, we do not publish this information online. The Enrollment Status page provides an idea of how full each grade is. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tcshouston.org if you need more specific information related to your family.

Q: If we are not admitted due to limited space, will our application remain on file for the next year? Does the waiting pool carry over from one year to the next?

A: No, you must must re-apply for each school year that you wish to be considered for admission.

Q: What is the minimum age for admission to PreKindergarten?

A: Your student must turn four years old before September 1 of the year in which he or she would enter PreK.

Class size

Q: What is the typical class size?

A: Our average classroom size is between 12 and 15 students.

Q: What is the maximum class size?

A: As the school grows, maximum class size will vary by grade. Enrollment for Pre-K is targeted at 13 students per classroom, and 15 students per classroom for classes in all other grades.

Fees, Tuition, and Scholarships

Q: Are books included as part of the tuition?

A: No, books must be purchased separately. TCS provides a detailed book list with an ISBN code for each book. Books may be purchased new or used, depending on your preference. TCS provides detailed recommendations on where to buy books, and you are free to choose any bookseller you wish.

Q: What is the cost of books?

A: The cost of books varies by grade. Also, some books and resources are purchased once and then used for several years, so the first year cost will be higher than subsequent years. The cost of books can range between $200 and $500 per student. For families with multiple children, some books and resources can be reused with their younger children.

Q: Do you offer scholarships?

A: Yes. We offer two types of partial scholarships. The first is for children of full-time ministers serving at local churches and the second is a need-based scholarship. More details are available on the Scholarships page.

Q: Do you offer tuition discounts for multiple children from one family?

A: We do not offer automatic tuition discounts for multiple children. The enrollment fee of $500, however, is paid once per year per family, regardless of family size.

At-home school days

Q: What is the role of the parent when teaching at home?

A: Parents assume the role of "co-teacher" for the younger grades. The on-campus teacher introduces new concepts in class, and prepares detailed lesson plans and a checklist for each subject that parents use at home with their student. In the older grades, as students begin to work more independently, parents transition to the role of course monitor. We do not expect parents to master and teach the more advanced material in the upper grades. TCS provides extensive course material and resources for the advanced subjects in the upper grades.

Q: How much time is spent on lessons during the at-home days?

A: The amount of time spent on lessons at home on Tuesday and Thursday depends on many factors, including family size, your student's age and maturity, learning style and speed, and family dynamics. For the Tuesday and Thursday at-home course load, we provide the following as a rough estimate:

Pre-Kindergarten: at-home day formal lessons are optional for Pre-K; less than one hour per at-home day
Kindergarten: 1.5 to 3.0 hours per at-home day
First Grade: 2.5 to 4.0 hours per at-home day
Second Grade: 3.0 to 4.5 hours per at-home day
Third Grade: 3.5 to to 5.0 hours per at-home day
Fourth Grade: 4.0 to 5.0 hours per at-home day
Fifth and Sixth Grade: 4.0 to 6.0 hours per at-home day
Seventh Grade and up: 6.0 or more hours per at-home day

Additionally, some families may choose to supplement the lesson plans with enrichment activities, optional assignments, or extra reading. 

Fridays. For grades 4 and below, Fridays are a "flex day" which are used for completing reading assignments or other projects. For Grammar school students, the Friday course load is usually one hour or less. Beginning in 5th grade, Logic School students have assignments on Fridays. 

It is important to remember that there is no evening homework assigned. Most families complete the at-home assignments during the daytime, eliminating late nights and opening up time for families to spend time together.


Q: How do I teach my older child during the at-home days while my younger children are also in the home?

A: TCS families use a variety of strategies to teach at home effectively. Our parent orientation in August (before the Fall semester begins) provides a wide range of suggestions and ideas for effective teaching at home. Some ideas for teaching older children while having younger children include the following:
  • Have all children participate together in some subjects, as appropriate. Even young children may be able to follow along (or sit or play quietly) when you help your older child with flash cards, a history story, memory work, singing/chanting, or read-aloud time.
  • Keep separate activities or learning centers available for use the younger children to use during the school day (e.g., coloring pages, handwriting activities, sorting things into egg cartons, painting, cutting magazines, play dough, wiki sticks, magic noodles, glue and pasta or beans, window markers, shaving cream, dull knife with fruit, Legos, blocks, educational videos).
  • Have older children read to younger ones.
  • Work on memorization at the dinner table, during a family walk, or in the car.
  • Listen to Story of the World (history curriculum) using the unabridged CD version.
  • Have older children alternate in helping with the younger ones.
  • Have one parent care for the younger children while the other parent works with the older child(ren). This can be done in the late afternoon or early evening when both parents are home. 
  • Save some subjects for the other parent to complete after the work day. For example, some families save Math or Latin for Dad to help teach when he comes home from work.
  • Teach while younger children are occupied with another activity such as napping, eating, sleeping, quiet room time, nursing.
  • Teach while younger children are out of the house at a Mother's Day Out program, at preschool, at a play date, at a grandparent or relative's house.
  • Arrange a study date with another family who has a child in the same grade as yours.

Q: How do I teach multiple children in the older grades?

A: Lessons can be staggered so that the parent can teach one child while another is working independently. Also, as students get older they are able to work on more portions of their lessons independently which allows the parent to work with other children. By 2nd or 3rd grade portions of assignments can be completed without the parent needing to be directly involved. This allows flexibility for working with multiple older children. 

Some parents print the day's lesson plan and highlight all the items that can be completed independently by the student. Then when the teaching parent is busy with another sibling, the student can work through the highlighted items independently.

Q: Is there a set schedule that we must follow during at-home days?

A: No, you have complete flexibility in choosing the times for your at-home lessons. We do, however, recommend that once you find a daily schedule that works for your family you stick with this schedule to provide consistency and a familiar routine.

The lessons assigned by the on-campus teacher need to be completed by the due date, which is typically the next on-campus school day, but you may choose when the at-home learning occurs.  Some assignments, such as presentations or reports, may be spread out over multiple days. It is up to the family to decide when these longer projects will be completed. 

Q: What if I get stuck and don't know what to do for a particular assignment?

A: We encourage parents to contact the on-campus teacher by email, text, or phone with any questions. Parents may also choose to interact with other parents from their child's class to swap ideas and tips. TCS also organizes quarterly Dads' Mornings and Moms' Nights for parents to connect and network.

On-campus school days

Q: Do you have uniforms and a dress code?

A: Yes, for grades PreK through 6th, all students wear a polo shirt embroidered with the school crest. Colors are navy blue, white, or light blue. Girls may wear a khaki skirt, pants, or jumper. Boys may wear khaki trousers or shorts. Students may also wear a navy blue cardigan or pullover sweater during colder weather.

Students in Grade 7 and above wear their House colors (tie or scarf) with khakis or a skirt.

Our uniform supplier is Lands' End and you may view the specific items at the TCS Store on the Lands' End website.

Q: What if I just want my child to attend a half-day?

A: The school's curriculum is formed around a group of integrated classes called the "Classical Core," which includes Language Arts, History, Science, Math, and Latin. The Classical Core is a full-day program that meets two days per week. Because of the level of integration between the various subjects, a half-day option is not available.

Q: What are school hours?

A: For the Grammar Campus (grades PreK through 4), parents may drop off their children at 7:50am on Monday and Wednesday. Morning Assembly begins at 8:10am. Regular classes end at 2:55pm and electives end at 3:45pm.
For the Logic Campus (grades 5 through 8), parents may drop off their students at 7:30am on Monday and Wednesday. Classes begin at 7:50am. Regular classes end at 2:25pm and electives end at 3:15pm.

Q: What happens in the classroom during a typical on-campus school day?

A: The pace and format of the on-campus classroom time is tailored to each grade level. Students bring a morning and afternoon snack which is eaten in the classroom. Class time combines sitting and listening with movement and activities to keep students engaged and learning. Classroom activities can include the following: direct instruction from the teacher, discussing lessons or recent reading, making student presentations, students working example problems on the whiteboard, singing songs, reading groups, listening to a read-aloud by the teacher, working on projects, repeating chants and mnemonics, students reciting their memory work, participating in a question-and-answer time, praying, working on assignments individually, writing, taking tests and assessments, playing learning games, working with math manipulatives, and completing assignments under the guidance of the teacher.

Activities, sports, fine arts, and electives

Q: What are your electives?

A: TCS offers a Fine Arts Primer for Pre-K and Kindergarten and Eloquium for older grades. The Pre-K and Kinder Fine Arts Primer will include visual art, music, and theater arts. Eloquium (from the Latin word for Eloquence) is a set of TCS Fine Arts courses designed around the performing, rhetorical, and visual arts. More details are available under "Do you have Fine Arts?" below.

Q: Do you have sports? 

A: Yes, we have a Cross Country team for Grades 5 and up. TCS families also participate in a wide range of athletics and sports in the following categories:
  • Community leagues
  • Church sports leagues
  • Homeschool leagues
  • Club teams / select teams
  • YMCA leagues
  • Private lessons
The TCS schedule (with only two on-campus days per week) allows families to pursue a variety of sports with varying practice times and game days. TCS families have participated in the following sports: 
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball


Q: Do you have Fine Arts? 

A: Yes, Pre-K and Kindergarten students may enroll in the Fine Arts Primer with explores great works from notable artists in visual arts and music. For older grades, we offer Eloquium, which is an elective fine arts program at the end of each on-campus school day (Monday and Wednesday). Eloquium classes include Playwriting, Musical Theater, Stage Combat, Pantomime, Drawing, and Journalism. The specific courses available vary by grade level. Additionally, TCS families may choose to participate in Fine Arts classes, lessons, and programs outside of the TCS curriculum. TCS families have participated in the following:
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Dance
  • Piano 
  • Violin
  • Guitar
  • Voice

Q: How many students participate in electives?

A: The majority of our students participate in an elective.

Q: What other activities are available?

A: In addition to the Sports and Fine Arts activities listed above, TCS parents are free to plan and organize other activities, groups, and teams. Families have organized groups for American Heritage Girls, chess, Mandarin Chinese, Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), ministry activities, and service projects.

Q: Do you take field trips?

A: Yes, on several Fridays throughout the year. Since Fridays are a "flex day" (for Grades PreK through 4) with typically a lighter course load, this is an ideal day for trips which are planned by the on-campus teacher or a volunteer parent. Examples of past field trips include visits to the Health Museum, a special exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, a local television station's weather center, and a children's theater.

Q: What student leadership opportunities are there?

A: Within the classroom, students have the opportunity to lead and participate in group projects and peer-to-peer learning activities. During the on-campus school days, older students are encouraged to set an example for younger students. Outside of the classroom, students participate in service projects and field trips. Additional opportunities exist within athletics and the House System, a form of student government for Grade 7 and up.

Curriculum

Q: What curriculum do you use?

A: TCS has chosen "best of breed" textbooks from a variety of publishers such as Peace Hill Press, Memoria Press, and Novare Science and Math. Each textbook and resource is chosen based its suitability for use in a collaborative, classical setting. Not all of the curriculum publishers that TCS uses are explicitly Christian, but all courses are taught from a Christian worldview. In addition, the upper grade use primary sources (translated into English if necessary) as part of their language arts and history courses. In addition to the published textbooks and resources, TCS creates detailed lesson plans for on-campus and at-home days. These lesson plans integrate various aspects of the curriculum and provide step-by-step instructions for parents to use when teaching at home on Tuesday and Thursday. You can receive a set of sample lesson plans by attending an Information Meeting.

Q: Is your Bible curriculum linked to a particular church or denomination?

A: No. It is consistent with the school's statement of faith, but it does not espouse a particular denominational viewpoint. We use the English Standard Version (ESV) translation for scripture memory, but students may use any translation they wish for reading.

Accreditation & Accountability

Q: What are your plans for gaining accreditation?

A: TCS is on a path to accreditation that will take a few years to implement. We intend to pursue accreditation as soon as we are eligible to be considered by the appropriate accreditation-granting body. Our rigorous academic and professional standards are consistent with the expectations of accrediting organizations.

Q: How is the school held accountable to external standards?

A: As we strive to provide the best possible education for our students, we evaluate all aspects of the school on an ongoing basis. Current accountability measures include the following:
  • we are aware of accreditation standards and we have implemented or are in the processing of implementing those standards
  • we are a Partner Member School of the Classical Latin School Association and we have met and maintain the membership requirements for that organization
  • we are a member of the Association of Christian and Classical Schools and we benefit from attending related conferences and events
  • we are a member of the Texas Consortium of Classical Schools, and we confer with other classical schools with regards to curriculum, standards, and performance measures
  • we collaborate and fellowship with other classical and collaborative-style schools around the country
  • we administer standardized tests to our students each spring
In future years, this external accountability may also include the following:
  • competing in scholastic competitions with other schools
  • preparing students for college and having students receive offers of admission from selective universities

Grades, Testing, and Assessments

Q: Do you administer standardized tests to students?

A: Yes, we administer a nationally-normed, standardized test each spring. We use the Comprehensive Testing Program, 4th edition (CTP4) from Educational Records Bureau (ERB).

Q: Is the standardized testing mandatory?

A: There is no cost to participate in the standardized testing, and a family may opt out if they wish.

Q: Is there admissions or placement testing?

A: Yes. For new students entering Kindergarten and above we administer a Student Assessment. This allows our teachers to better understand the profile of their class and prepare lessons which meet the needs of all their students.

Q: Are there grades given for the Bible curriculum?

A: Separate grades are not given for Bible in Grammar School, since Biblical concepts are integrated into the overall curriculum through history, science, reading, and memory work.

Q: Do you give report cards?

A: Yes, grade reports are issued four times per year. If a parent has a particular area of interest or concern, the child's teacher can provide informal updates on a student's progress. 

Q: Do you have Parent-Teacher conferences?

A: Yes, Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice per year, in the middle of each semester. Teachers are always available by email or phone to answer questions about assignments, grades, or expectations.

Q: Do you have transcripts?

A: Yes, transcripts are created for each student and can be provided for transfers to others schools or for college admissions.

Q: How are grades and assessments handled?

A: As work is completed throughout the semester, students receive their graded work in their "Home Folder" and this is available daily for review by the student and parents. Each quarter students receive a grade for each subject. Younger grades receive grades on an E-G-N scale, where E is "Excellent. Consistent outstanding work on all assignments," G is "Good. Meets most grade level expectations," and N is "Needs improvement. Failing to meet grade-level objectives." Older grades use the A-B-C-F grading scale.

Q: What is the standard for passing from one grade to the next?

A:
If a student has received N's or F's, then the on-campus teacher and Head of School will confer with the student's parents to explore the options for improving the specific areas that need attention. 

Transitioning from other schools

Q: My child would be coming to TCS from another school which is not Classical. Will he/she be able to fit in academically?

A: Students have successfully transitioned to TCS from diverse backgrounds including private school, public school, and homeschool. Any student who is at or above grade level in their current school should be able to transition successfully to TCS. The first few weeks of our school year includes some review and we also gradually increase the amount of work for the at-home days during the first weeks of the semester. Some memory work such as the English phonograms and the History Timeline begins in the early grades and is repeated each year, so students can learn these items beginning in any grade. 

Q: My incoming student  has never taken Latin before. How will that work at TCS?
A: Our Latin curriculum has an entry point at each grade. The upper grades have multiple levels of Latin for each grade. New students are placed into a Latin course that is suitable for beginners. Every year new students join TCS without a background in Latin, and they are able to fully participate in all aspects of TCS classes.

Q: What should I do to prepare my student for TCS?

A:  After your student is accepted, we will provide a list of suggested and required summer preparation, including a reading list. We also encourage students to read extensively during the summer months.

Q: How would I transition to TCS from homeschool?

A: Homeschool to TCS has been a very smooth transition for many of our families. Your routine for at-home school days may remain similar to what you have done previously. Parents follow the TCS curriculum and students are on campus for two days per week, but since the instruction is at home the other days of the week, many of the other aspects and benefits of homeschooling are completely preserved.

Q: My child is advanced academically and is reading well-above grade level. Would TCS be a fit for my child?

A: We think so. Many TCS students are reading and achieving above their age-based grade level. TCS meets the needs of advanced students in several ways:
  • First, because you are homeschooling three days per week, you and your child have ample time for additional learning opportunities at home. Parents can provide additional enrichment materials, books, and resources. Student can participate in lessons, tutorials, clubs, or other activities that supplement or extend the TCS lesson plans. TCS staff are able to provide suggestions for supplemental work at home when needed.
  • Second, daily lesson plans often include optional assignments which can serve as the basis for deeper investigation or enrichment for advanced students. 
  • Third, many TCS school assignments are open-ended and are not limited by a student's grade level. These assignments provide enough challenge that each student can learn from and excel in these assignments without being constrained by his or her grade level.  Examples of such assignments include poetry memorization, making in-class presentations, mastery of Latin grammar, supplemental historical and scientific reading, completing science projects (astronomy, earth science, botany, anatomy, chemistry, and physics), and designing history projects (ancient weapons, literary characters, historical role play).

Q: Can accommodations be made or assignments shortened for students with learning differences?

A: The same grading scale is applied to all students, but we fully expect our students to span a range of abilities. TCS teachers are prepared for working with students with different abilities, as long as one student's needs do not dominate the on-campus class time. Because of the increased role of parents in our educational model, there is plenty of opportunity for a child with mild learning differences to receive extra attention at home and to complete supplemental assignments, tutoring, or therapy during the at-home school days. Students with severe learning differences would probably not be a fit with TCS due to the overall academic rigor and pace of instruction. 

Q: My child has a severe peanut allergy. Can precautions be taken for this?

A: Yes. TCS is a peanut-free campus. We also avoid all tree nuts on campus for the safety of our students who are allergic. We also have a "no food sharing" policy during the on-campus lunch period and provide ID bands for students with allergies upon request. 

Q: My child needs medicine or insulin administered during the school day. Can this be accommodated?

A: Parents are welcome to visit the school to administer medicine, or another arrangement can be made with the Campus Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. Currently only our Logic campus has a professional nurse on staff.

Discipline

Q: How is on-campus discipline implemented? 

A: We fully understand that young children can be rambunctious at times. We also set expectations for our students in the area of classroom behavior, recess and lunchtime behavior, language, and courtesy. Any problems which the on-campus teacher cannot resolve will be referred to an Academic Coordinator or the Head of School. We discuss any lingering problems with parents, since we believe that the ultimate responsibility for appropriate behavior lies with parents. The TCS Family Handbook provides full details on our discipline policy and the TCS Head of School is available to answer specific questions.

Expectations of Parents

Q: Are parents expected to be on-campus on Monday and Wednesday? 

A: Parents are not required to be in the on-campus classroom on Monday and Wednesday. You may drop off your child at 7:50am and pick them up at the end of the school day. If you wish to observe your child's TCS class during an on-campus day, please arrange that with the Head of School. We do ask that parents assist with drop off/pick up and/or the lunch hour two times per semester. 

Q: What exactly is meant by "parental involvement" in the school?

A: The primary way that parents are involved is facilitating your student's at-home learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also expect parents to be available for our annual training and orientation prior to the the start of the school year in August, and be available to help with monitoring lunch/recess twice per semester. Other volunteer opportunities are available, such as planning field trips or serving as "Room Mom." We welcome the involvement of our parents!


Q: Can both parents work and our child attend TCS?

A: It's possible, and some TCS families have two working parents. In these cases, however, the families have carefully planned their schedules to allow adequate time for teaching and caring for their children during the at-home days each week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Since Monday and Wednesday are on-campus days, some teaching parents pursue part-time work on those days. Some parents involve grandparents, relatives, or other caregivers in the at-home teaching.