TCCS offers a wide variety of academic enrichment experiences for students in all grades. Enrichment courses, clubs, field trips and special projects enhance the core curriculum and support our school’s goals for the healthy development of students, intellectually, artistically and socially. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and Wellness are two focal areas for our enrichment activities. Enrichment takes place during the school day and after-school.
Teachers College Community School partners with music educators from Teachers College to offer high-quality music education experiences for students. Taught by Teachers College Music Education students, all children at TCCS learn to write, create, compose, sing, analyze and perform various genres of music. Students showcase their musical progress at our annual Celebration Ceremony in the Spring. The following are the musical offerings for the 2017-2018 school year.
- General Music-Pre-Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
- Violin-3rd grade
- Choir-4th grade
- Composition-5th grade
- Film Scoring-6th grade
After School Music Clubs
Choir and Orchestra provide 4th, 5th and 6th grade students with opportunities for ensemble work and performance throughout the school year. Through our TC Clubs program, students in Choir and Orchestra are able to practice their craft by singing and playing advanced repertoire from various genres and world music.
Design: Salvadori Center
In partnership with the community organization Salvadori Center, 4th and 5th grade students engage in project-based learning that draws on their surroundings to illustrate the relevance of math and science in our everyday lives. Students visit New York City landmarks and work in small groups to build a replica of the landmarks using math and science concepts and a scientific process of discovery.
Visual Arts: Studio in a School and 6th Grade Art
Studio in a School introduces our Kindergarten and 1st grade students to a range of high quality visual arts experiences. Students have access to 2- and 3-D media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, printmaking, 2-D design, and media technology. They study the works of art and artists of many cultures and showcase their work with seasonal performances.
6th Grade Art features a partnership with the Art Department at Teachers College and Science program at TCCS. In collaboration with the TCCS Science Teacher, students from the Art Department at Teachers College, teach an art and science integration project that enables students to see the intersection between creativity and the scientific process.
Tablets, laptops, smartboards and other technology resources are available to all students at TCCS. Technology is incorporated into learning experiences in both core curriculum and enrichment courses.
Students learn the importance of technology in the 21st century by learning to code. Coding allows students to think creatively about interactive media that will allow them to create computer games, programs and apps.
Teachers College Community School offers a library period for students to delve into literary forms and pursue technology based projects. The school’s library teacher, along with classroom teachers, use the resources in the library to engage students with age-appropriate poetry, fiction, non-fiction and drama through read-alouds and class projects. The library is equipped with extensive material for digital learning. Students also check out books to cultivate their passion for reading.
TCCS incorporates a variety of learning experiences that promote health and wellness. The school participates in the Department of Education’s Recycling Program called Zero Waste. The school cafeteria is equipped with a demonstration kitchen where students can learn to prepare different healthy foods.
To promote health and wellness at TCCS, students have access to a well-balanced DOE lunch menu that incorporates a salad bar with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Our vegetable garden, created with significant input from parents, allows students to harvest fresh fruit and vegetables on a seasonal basis. Students have opportunities throughout the year to plant fresh vegetables and herbs and harvest items from the garden. Classroom teachers teach students the importance of healthy eating by making recipes from the garden. Students in upper grades work with our Parent Association Board to donate food from the garden to a local food pantry.
Physical and Health Education
Students learn the importance of physical education in their daily lives by participating in team sports, and fitness drills multiple times a week. Health education teaches students how to take care of their bodies and the people around them and how to make healthy and informed decisions.
2nd grade students learn the fundamentals of swimming with swim lessons once a week provided through a partnership with Asphalt Green. Students work on comfort, endurance and technique in the water.
To provide additional experiential learning opportunities, students attend field trips and performances as an extension of the school’s curriculum. Some of these take place at school, and others off-site. Examples include:
TCCS values creating change agents for a better tomorrow. Our student council is elected by the student body and allows them to use their voice to advocate for issues that affect our school and global community. Our student council conducts elections, plans field trips and special events and assists with school-wide initiatives.
Twice a year, our Parent Association facilitates a community service project where students from grades 4 and 5 harvest food from the TCCS garden and donate it to a local food pantry.