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Office of School and Community Partnerships

Office of School and Community Partnerships

Teachers College Community School

‌‌Teachers College and the New York City Department of Education opened Teachers College Community School (TCCS) in September 2011. It is a public PreK-8 school whose purpose is to demonstrate how affiliation with an institution of higher education can support an outstanding public school education for children in the community. TCCS is also a demonstration site for educational research, preparation of educators, and implementation of comprehensive educational services including out-of-school time learning opportunities, and social and health services that support children's ability to learn. There are two locations—the Lower School for grades PreK-2 at 223 West 132nd Street and the Upper School for grades 3-8 at 168 Morningside Ave. Combined, the two sites have an enrollment of around 380 students. ‌

TC regards TCCS as central to its founding mission to bring educational opportunities to all members of society. TC’s guiding principle in creating the school is to deliver exemplary, comprehensive educational opportunities to children in West Harlem, including best educational practices for teaching and learning, early childhood education so that children get a good start, out-of-school time learning opportunities such as after-school programs, and social and health services that support children’s ability to learn. The school has become the most popular in Harlem based on kindergarten applications thanks to the commitment and hard work of the school’s administration, instructional staff and parents, and Teachers College faculty and students. To ensure and sustain the school’s success, TC provides a range of services, expertise, and other resources:‌

  • Academic enrichment in areas such as art, music, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and movement;
  • Social and emotional support through a TC-based program, Student Based Mental Health Collaboration (SBMHC);
  • Student teachers, fellows, and math and reading interventionists;
  • Assistance with design and instruction for the after-school program;
  • Assistance in the development and evaluation of curriculum;
  • Professional development for teachers;
  • Health, wellness, and family support services;
  • Access to TC facilities such as libraries, laboratories, and auditoriums;
  • Participation in school governance, planning, and operations;
  • Guidance and support with building public and private partnerships; and
  • Funding to support the school.

Please visit the Teachers College Community School website for more information.