About Us

Founded in 1989, The Community School is a private non-sectarian co-educational day school serving 25-40 students in grades 6 to 12. Our students are bright, highly motivated young people from  central New Hampshire and western Maine. We offer transportation from points in the White Mountains, Lakes Region, and western Maine.  85% of our students receive financial aid in order to come learn with us.

We believe learning is a rigorous and joyful pursuit which calls on each person’s talents and interests, and promotes appreciation of the interconnectedness of people and places.  At The Community School, our mission is to support students on their individual learning paths within a caring and respectful community, while holding a bar of high academic and social standards. Though we do not offer therapeutic services, our small size allows faculty to know and understand each student as an individual, facilitating immersion in subjects, projects, and travel.

Students and teachers collaborate to build a healthy local community that contributes to a sustainable world: in small, multidisciplinary classes; at all-school meeting; when performing social action; while traveling; and in the school’s gardens and forests. In preparation for college and meaningful work, students learn by doing, connect with nature, develop an ethic of stewardship, solve real problems, and provide service to others.  Inquiries and applications are considered at any time, and it is not unusual for students to enter during the school year.

Using comprehensive contemporary research on adolescent development, work place skills, and dispositions and knowledge necessary for tackling the problems of the future, we have honed an active curriculum.  Colleges appreciate the complexity of the work we set before our students, as well as the ease with which our students interact in the larger world.   For over a decade, we can boast a 100% college acceptance rate to a wide variety of schools, from Penn, Bennington, Emerson, Bowdoin, and UNH to Berklee, NH Tech, Sterling and College of the Atlantic.  Our graduates find themselves prepared to face the challenges of living away from home, to study in new environments, and to form lasting relationships with instructors and peers.  They are strong writers, bold self advocates, and conscientious community members.

The Community School | 1164 Bunker Hill Road | South Tamworth, NH 03883  (603) 323-7000 | Fax (603) 323-8240
info@communityschoolnh.org