Does TCS provide a student lunch program?
TCS does not provide a lunch program. Students bring their lunch to school, and along with staff eat in our “kitchen” as a community. Students have access to three microwave ovens to heat their lunch. Students may also eat outside, weather permitting.
Is there a student dress code?
TCS students are expected to dress comfortably, yet tastefully. Students should be neat, well-groomed, clean, and appropriately attired for school. The school makes final determinations as to what is appropriate. Students are not permitted to wear tank tops, very short skirts or shorts, flip-flops or slides, or to show midriffs.
Is transportation provided to and from school?
Most of our students are provided transportation by their home school districts. Pennsylvania law requires districts to transport students to private schools that are within ten miles of their home district’s border. Some parents choose to drive their students to school, while some students drive themselves to school.
Does TCS have a counselor on staff?
TCS has a full-time, state certified school counselor to assist our students in being successful. The counselor provides individual, small group, and school-wide support. The counselor also serves as a resource for families and can assist in identifying outside therapy support, as needed. The TCS school counselor will also coordinate services with outside therapists, providing the family and /or student has given permission for such coordination.
Does TCS have a school nurse on staff?
TCS does not have a nurse on staff. We do receive limited support from West Chester Area School District in the form of records review and screenings. The office staff can administer any required medications, as directed by a physician. We are located four miles from Chester County Hospital, which is affiliated with Penn Medicine.
How are families contacted if school is closed for snow days or emergencies?
TCS notifies families of emergency school closings in a variety of ways. Announcements are posted on the school’s website, emails are sent to our families, a texting service is used for families who subscribe, and we post closure information on NBC10.
Is there a school directory for families so they can contact each other?
Each September we issue a Family Directory that is distributed to only TCS families and staff. Parents may choose to opt out of the directory.
Is there a student code of conduct enforced?
TCS is a caring community with an expectation of respect for all members. We have a Code of Conduct which is shared with students and families each year. The code includes sections on technology etiquette and anti-bullying provisions. Our students realize they are part of the TCS community and treat others the way they want to be treated.
How often do you conduct class in the nature area and outdoor classroom?
We are grateful to have a lovely wooded nature area with a stream, walking paths, benches, and an outdoor classroom. Science classes use the area on a regular basis, and other teachers often take their students to the area for change of pace.
Are students provided with a laptop or tablet for instruction?
TCS students are issued a Chromebook for use in instruction. Students pick them up each morning and turn them in each afternoon. Use of this device is included in the cost of tuition.
Is there a plan in place in the event of an emergency situation?
TCS has an Emergency and Crisis Plan in place that is reviewed regularly. In addition, the Pennsylvania State Police recently conducted a safety audit of the facility and made suggestions to increase the safety of students and safe. We are served by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department who have also spoken with our staff about emergency situations.