Schools are communities and, as such, they should at all times seek to reinforce their identity as a community through deliberate practices.
We affectionately refer to ourselves at CLAS as family because we share a closeness–a bond–like any family. We engage with community building practices that take place frequently and occur on three levels.
Level One – Classroom Wide
Each individual class is a microcosm or smaller community of the whole. Here, support the student and teacher is the most intense and necessary. Community practices at the classroom involve setting up our Parent Outreach Teams who engage the families within the classroom around school wide activities, monthly check-ins from the teacher to the families, and parents conferences that occur once very semester.
Level Two – School Wide
CLAS organizes Community Gatherings that bring the school as a whole together in non-tradititonal settings to communicate, fellowship, network, and have a great time. Our Parent Education Workshops are held on Saturdays and provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to go to school to increase their knowledge of curriculum, technology, pedagogical approach, nutrition, and any other aspect of the CLAS experience. Cultural festivals bring the community together to bask in fun, affirming activities that celebrate and champion our culture and it’s rich intellectual heritage and artistic traditions.
Level Three – Community Wide
We seek to always be cognizant of the local community, in which our campuses reside, communicating and collaborating with our residential neighbors to know how it is we can assist them. We’re establishing reciprocal partnerships with local businesses, spiritual centers, and community organizations to spur collaboration, stimulate activism, and develop leadership.