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He had no idea his day was going to end on such a happy note, but when Zackary Austin opened his mail everything took a turn. Inside the envelope were the results of his GED exam and he aced the test earning a Maryland Sate High School Diploma! During his time at The Community School,  Zack overcame many personal obstacles and challenges to reach this major life milestone and did it all by the age of 16! He has hopes of going to college for a career in cyber security.  Way to go Zack!...

The neighborhood students in the after school program at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Roland Avenue will have the good fortune of having Sierra Martin working with them during their new school year.  After 3 years at The Community School, Sierra is well prepared to assist these students with both her academic knowledge and dedicated work habits. Sierra started out as a volunteer in the summer vacation Bible program and so impressed everyone at the church that she was offered a paid position.  Her professionalism there in turn led to this new position. We are very proud of her accomplishments....

Today was the 1st day of school for this first class of TCS High School!  The students had their first of two days of orientation and testing.  These new students are all looking forward for success at TCS after transferring from programs as diverse as Poly, Western, Pikesville and Learning Inc. One of the first activities to get everyone warmed up occurred when students were divided into pairs to interview each other and then introduce themselves to the class.  We found out that all of the students like pizza and that they are all looking forward to a great school year!...

Another big development arrived at the school today!  Through the kindness of the Baltimore Women's Giving Circle, we have purchased the Apex Learning System to incorporate into our students learning experience.  This self contained accredited computerized curriculum will be used as a supplement to classroom teaching.  Students will be able to use the system to learn content and earn credits toward their high school diploma and Tom will use it to enhance learning on teacher taught subjects. Nancy Fiddler, an Apex trainer, flew up from Florida and spent today helping to get the system set up and training Tom on its use and possibilities. If you want to know more about this system Click on the Apex Link....

The college students were the guests of honor at a cookout tonight. It was an opportunity for family and friends to let them know how proud we are of their effort and determination. Two of the students, Ryan Gavin and Matt Wendler will be finishing up their Associate's Degrees this semester before transferring to university.  Another student, Ryan McCauley, is entering college for his first semester after just graduating from The Community School.  He's our youngest college student in awhile at just 16!  Amanda McCarty will continue in college part time preparing for the nurse's program while also working full time in a medical office. Also Gary Hunt will be entering his 3rd year at the University of Baltimore. Each of these students is assisted by our College Support Program. All the best to each of our dedicated college students....

There is much excitement around the school as the first applications start to come in for TCS High School! The school will continue to offer its high quality college preparatory program and personal mentoring, but the students now will earn credits toward a Maryland High School Diploma rather than having to take the GED exam. If you are 14-17 years old and eager to learn in a safe, comfortable and personalized atmosphere, then sign up today while space is still available....

Today, Ryan McCauley opened the letter to find that he passed the GED exam and earned his Maryland State High School Diploma!  Ryan not only passed the test but scored above the 65% percentile in all of the test subject areas. This means that he did better than nearly 2/3 of all students in the final quarter of 12th grade! His hard work and dedication as a student at The Community School has him going off to college at the age of 16 fully prepared for continuing his success at CCBC....

The Community School received word today that is has now been certified by the Maryland State Department of Education as a Private High School granting it the ability to award Maryland State High School Diplomas!  This has been a long held dream for many at TCS and will add even greater value to the education that students receive at The Community School.  This is a proud moment for the community!...

An amazing journey came to an end today as a group of students returned from New Mexico and Arizona. During their 10 day sojourn they had so many experiences from being on top of the mesa at Acoma Pueblo to working  in the garden at Los Jardines Institute.  This once-in-a-lifetime trip opened up their eyes to the history, culture and issues of the people of the Southwest  as they were invited into the homes and communities of the people who live their. They also were able to see many awe inspiring geographical sites from the Painted Desert to the Grand Canyon.  To read more about this trip and see some of the spectacular photos that were taken, you can click on the following links.  We broke this down into parts for faster downloading.  It's well worth the wait! Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8  ...

The EOY Ceremony was held today at the Glass Pavilion at John Hopkins University.  Students Zack Austin, Ashley Foote, Charles Joyce, Sierra Martin, and Ryan McCauley were honored for their completion of the program.  Also honored were college students Sara Ciulla, Ryan Gavin, Amanda McCarty, Kimberly Smith, and Matt Wendler. Tom Culotta was the Keynote Speaker and there were remarks from Lisa Gavin on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Linda McCauley for the Sponsors. The students took time to thank the many supporters that made their education and the school possible....