TLC’s mission is to create an environment where children enjoy learning and where the educational needs of the whole child are met. TLC achieves this by providing hands on, experiential academics in combination with outdoor education, artistic expression, service learning and TEAM (problem-solving methodology). TLC prides itself on its ability to set rigorous academic standards without overloading students with an abundance of homework or rote learning exercises.
One of the more unique aspects of The Learning Community School is the faculty’s ability to provide individual and customized education for each student. Within reason, children are able to adjust to the level of work needed in order to grow and to excel. It is common to find children working in different groups for their lessons during the daily math block. For example, a third grader may join a group of fifth graders for her daily math lesson. This flexibility allows children to perform above their current grade level as well as allow for extra time or a slower pace when needed.
Mornings at TLC are dedicated for academic studies. TLC strives to engage the students in as many learning activities at school as possible in order to minimize homework. After lunch and all-school recess, the afternoons provide a time for enrichment activities. Some of these activities might include academic studies, such as the popular social studies and art class that students begin in 2nd grade. On any given afternoon, you will find TLC students involved in gardening, drama, sports, knitting, chess, science labs, chorus, guitar, or recorder. Because the majority of the students’ academic work is completed during the school day, it is imperative that students attend school as much as possible; unnecessary absences are discouraged.
Our goal is to integrate learning programs that interest, challenge, and encourage students. To put this simply, we strive to make learning personal, enriching, and just plain fun. Our curriculum is an eclectic blend of units of study from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, the North Carolina Reference Guide for Integrating Curriculum, and the CORE Knowledge Series (through grade 6). Our teachers used these resources to create our three-year, rotational units of study for social studies and science. The teachers continuously work to create an individualized, child-centered curriculum for the students. At their own pace, students will acquire the standard skills recommended by the NC Board of Education.