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Community High School of Arts & Academics
School Name:
Community High School of Arts & Academics
Street Address:
302 Campbell Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24013
Head of School and Academic Director:
Mr. Joshua Chapman
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
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Admissions Contact:
Admissions Email:
7/18/2018 2:26:00 PM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Community High School is a small, secular, independent college preparatory high school grounded in the liberal arts, founded with a commitment to seminar-based classes, and located in Roanoke’s city center.

Our Mission is to develop creative and independent problem solvers with diverse backgrounds and abilities who will be scientifically and culturally literate, globally conscious, locally engaged citizens.

Our Pedagogy is founded upon academic inquiry, which emphasizes how knowledge is learned. Our students’ endeavors reflect the nature of intellectual and creative work in each respective field of study. Our students are assessed comprehensively and narratively in regard to their personal growth.

We Value trust, humor, empathy, curiosity, respect for the free exchange of ideas, and the acceptance of failure as an inevitable and necessary part of real learning.

We Approach the Arts as an essential form of intellectual inquiry and as a foundation of academic, emotional and social development, regardless of a student’s eventual academic field of study or career goals.

We Partner with area colleges, universities, cultural and civic organizations, and provide cultural programming for the community at large.

Our Students are respected as scholars, citizens and individuals, encouraged in their curiosity, active in their own education and responsible for their own achievement, as defined by their particular passions, goals and circumstances.

Our Community of students, faculty, families, alumni and board members share our essential commitments to compassion, citizenship, scholarship and the intentional nurturing of place.

School Fast Facts:
  • Our enrollment is capped at 65.  Most classes have fewer than 16 students.
  • We believe it is the privilege and obligation of independent schools to offer independently designed courses, innovative in content and design.  We therefore offer classes in topics ranging from the Imjin War to Jazz History to Paleoanthropology.
  • We offer four languages, French, German, Spanish and Latin, with native speakers as faculty in all but the last.
  • All students are required to fully engage with the Arts, Humanities, Maths and Sciences, in the Liberal Arts tradition.  Our emphasis is on writing, seminar discussion, creative and critical thinking and engagement with multiple modes of inquiry.
  • Community High does not use a grading scale, either numeric or letter-based, to evaluate our students.  Instead, each student’s acquired knowledge and skills are described narratively and in detail for each class, each semester. Taken together, these narrative evaluations provide students clear goals for improvement over time, and college admissions offices the opportunity to understand the student more deeply and less subjectively.  
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