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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:

Be Safe       Be Kind       Do Your Best        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 on the DOE website: 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.

*TCCS adopted the attitudes listed above from the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for children aged 3-12.