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Teachers College Community School (TCCS)
Teachers College, Columbia University
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School Culture

The Teachers College Community School (TCCS) has high expectations for all members of the school community.  As a community of learners, our goal is to develop the ability to use our minds well; in and out of school and in our relationships with each other.  We aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who, through engagement, understanding and respect, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

Habits of Conduct
In order to create a culture that promotes these goals, we have four habits of conduct that guide our actions:
1. Be Safe          2. Be Kind         3. Do Your Best          4. Take Care of Our Community

As a public school in the New York City Department of Education, we are also bound to a set of official rules, which can be found at their website, here: NYC DOE Citywide Standards

We promote and model the following attitudes as an entire community (students and adults)

Appreciation Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

Commitment Being committed to our own learning and showing self-discipline and responsibility.

Confidence Feeling confident in our ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what we have learned, and making appropriate choices.

Cooperation Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.

Creativity Being creative and imaginative in our thinking and in our approach to problems and dilemmas.

Curiosity Being curious about the nature of learning, about people, and the world.

Empathy Imagining another's situation to understand his or her thinking, emotions, and actions so we can be open-minded and reflective about others' perspectives.

Enthusiasm Enjoying learning and willingly putting effort into the process.

Independence Thinking and acting independently, making our own judgments based on good reason, and being able to defend our judgments.

Integrity Being honest and demonstrating a sense of fairness.

Respect Respecting ourselves, others, and the world around us.