The goal of a TCS education is to realize each student’s full potential and to promote their continuing success by instilling self advocacy. The method or “concept” we use is a holistic approach that encircles the student with an array of support to address both social and academic development. The TCS concept encompasses:
Our mission is to educate each student according to identified strengths and interests; therefore, a Student Learning Profile created by the staff is utilized to determine each student’s needs and the pathway to addressing those needs. This profile is a living document, in constant revision as the student progresses through each year.
Subject matter is taught through a variety of methodologies with accommodations for differences in learning style incorporated into the classroom environment, as described in the student’s Learning Profile.
Accommodations to Academic Level
Students are placed in courses according to individual skills and according to state graduation requirements. Enrichment and remediation are available to all students according to their abilities.
In addition to the basics of language arts, math, science and social studies, classes are available in foreign languages, art and physical education. TCS curriculum meets state accreditation for a college prep program and is synchronized to the public school curriculum recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our students’ array of credits exceeds that of most public high schools in content and variety. We use the learning profiles to determine the most effective presentation style. We then, present our curriculum in a multi-sensory manner so that every student is able to understand and perform competencies in line with the curriculum standards of the state of Pennsylvania. Enrichment and remediation are available for all students as needed.
Each year, seminar courses driven by student interest, offer a variety of topics, such as criminal justice, human development, comparative religion, theater arts, literature, botany, entomology or film. As it is important to recognize and develop an exceptional strength, at times, independent study courses are developed to meet the needs of a student.
Incorporating Technology into the Learning Process
Our school utilizes 21st Century Learning as a backbone of our methodology. Schools at the forefront of this educational transformation stress critical reading and writing, problem-solving processes, integration of a variety of technological skills into the educational process, cultural literacy, adaptability and self direction, creativity, complexity of learning beyond factual memorization, and collaborative teamwork. All of our classes incorporate internet research and related computer applications (from word processing to complex computer functions), while emphasizing interactive, hands-on projects to promote integrated, active learning. Our classroom teachers utilize LCD projectors to bring 21st Century Learning directly to students during lively lessons. Students may use school-owned computers or bring their own. Use of TCS’ fire-walled network facilitates security, safety and continuity of material.
Our small school environment allows us to know each child in a personalized manner to help students navigate through the middle and high school experience. Positive guidance for each child begins with the September goal sheet and contract created by students and their parents. Regular meetings between student and teacher foster this close relationship.