Award Year: 2019
To develop independent learners who practice personal and social responsibility, build genuine relationships, and utilize the entire community as a resource for study.
- Black/African American: 5%
- White: 74%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 3%
- Two or more races: 14%
Community High School was established in 1972, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as an alternative to the traditional high school program for students who did not fit the mold, with an emphasis on independence, quirky classes, community learning opportunities, and relationships. We have maintained the best parts of that original vision, but have also increased our academic relevance and rigor to meet the growing and changing needs of society.
At the very core of our identity, we are a Community of students and staff, working on growing academically, emotionally and socially to be positive contributors within the world Community. We are a school based on relationships, trust, student voice, and a sincere desire to learn within a rigorous curriculum. Because of this, it changes the climate for both the students and the faculty. Respect between all of our constituents has a major impact on our culture. Staff and students are on a first name basis to help diminish some of the traditional power structures, and virtually all major school wide decisions include the voices of the students through Forum Council (our student government body).
While so many elements contribute to student success at Community and build upon our school's sense of identity, no element is as integral to our success as the relationships we create between our students and teachers, and our school and the larger community. Relationships guide every element of our pedagogy. From ensuring that our students succeed academically to inviting experts from the community to share their skills, relationships are the key to everything we do. These relationships help build intrinsic motivation within students to learn and succeed.