History and relationship to Teachers College
TCCS was established in 2011 through a partnership of Teachers College (TC), Columbia University and the New York City Department of Education. It is a non-selective, choice public elementary school that gives priority to families residing in Community School Districts 5 and 6. The school adds a grade level each year, and at full capacity TCCS will serve students in grades Pre-K through 8.
TC regards TCCS as central to its founding mission to bring educational opportunities to all members of society. TC’s guiding principle in creating the school is to deliver exemplary, comprehensive educational opportunities to children in West Harlem, including best educational practices for teaching and learning, early childhood education so that children get a good start, out-of-school time learning opportunities such as after-school programs, and social and health services that support children’s ability to learn. The partners have been able to lay a solid foundation thanks to the commitment and hard work of the school’s administration, instructional staff and parents, along with Teachers College faculty and students.
To ensure and sustain the school’s success, TC provides a range of services, expertise, and other resources:
- Assists in the development and evaluation of curriculum
- Provides professional development for teachers
- Places student teachers, tutors and interns in the school
- Provides academic enrichment in areas such as art, music, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and nutrition
- Assists in the design and instruction for the after-school program
- Offers health, wellness and family support services
- Provides access to College facilities such as libraries, laboratories and auditoriums
- Participates in school governance, planning and operations
- Builds public and private partnerships and raises funds to support the school
TC’s commitments to TCCS are managed by the Office of School and Community Partnerships, under the leadership of Associate Vice President, Dr. Nancy Streim. TC faculty and students are on site regularly, and their involvement is coordinated by
Ms. Audrey Cox, the designated TCCS Liaison.