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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 67
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"A 66 year successful school, we are known for our co-op, learning environment"

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2109 East Hedrick Drive
Tucson, AZ 85719

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(520) 326-9212
(844) 273-2176
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February 06, 2015
All three of my boys have thrived at TCS - a beautiful open space with age-specific play yards and an old-school environment where each child is honored and encouraged. They were more than ready academically going into grade school and, as is common with TCS graduates, their teachers found their social skills and critical thinking superior to their peers. Teachers are kind and so professional, they KNOW your child and understand what would help them thrive. The new director and administration is very strong, adhering to the fundamental mission of the school but adapting to the realities of modern family life. If you have known TCS in the past, the old touchstones will be there, and some new modern features will lighten your load. I give it five stars.

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January 26, 2015
I researched schools for 2 years before landing at the Tucson Community School. I was looking for a place that focused on play based learning, systems thinking, emotional literacy and a parent education program. TCS is a parent co-operative. On volunteer hours: the TCS board has created several options for parents to volunteer their time to meet the needs of two working parents. Every teacher in this school spends the time to really "know" your child. I feel confident sharing that I have toured several schools and the personal touch you receive at TCS cannot be found anywhere. Like my fellow TCS parents, I also wish that the Tucson Community School was K-12. TCS is for families seeking a strong community of parents who have a larger world view and will embrace your children as part of it.

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January 24, 2015
I recently moved from other state and my child recently become part of Tucson Community School and I initially found some hiccups in getting him adjusted to his class as this was the first time in his life he has experienced transfer of place, leaving old friends and school etc. I got really worried and shared my issues with management and teachers, I am quite satisfied the way things has been taken care of.

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January 22, 2015
I've had both of my children go through Tucson Community School and I cannot say more positive things about the school and its staff. TCS is a place where I can watch my child learn. They embrace parents in the classroom, and the teachers get to know each individual child for who he or she is. It is amazing how the staff sets up a curriculum that encourages my child to love to learn, ask questions, explore while also building the self confidence I know will last a lifetime TCS is NAEYC Accredited, so you know the school is well versed in early child hood education, but when you are in the classroom, all you soon realize they also know how to make learning child centered and fun!

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January 22, 2015
TCS is simply a wonderful place to be a kid. The school meets the needs of each child while giving them the chance to grow and explore. My chid is delighted to go to school everyday and has met wonderful friends. We love being involved in the school and our child's education, it truly feels like a community.

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January 17, 2015
Best hidden gem in Tucson! Tucson Community School is so much more than a school to us, it has been a second home. The sense of community is unparalleled and my children have been nurtured and given the individual attention they needed to flourish. My children and I wish that TCS continued into the elementary years but I am confident they have been given the skills to thrive in any environment. One look at this school and their amazing teachers and I am confident most would fall in love as we did.

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September 11, 2014
Tucson Community School is a special place. For our family it is an opportunity for my children to learn and grow in a carefully planned environment curated by amazing teachers with many years of experience. It is also a place where as parents, we can connect in a great community through the mutual caring for our children's early education through the school. It is a caring, kind and creative place for our children. I feel that the parent participation opportunities are a wonderful experience of sharing and giving back and I feel greatly appreciated for the time my husband and I give to the school.

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September 06, 2014
Sending my children to Tucson Community School has been the most wonderful experience for my children and my family as a whole. In this fast moving world, it gives us peace of mind to know that our children are learning in a safe and nurturing environment and are surrounded by teachers, staff and parents who not only care for the well being of my own children but all children. TCS is a true community and gives its children the best start any parent could hope for.

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February 15, 2014
The school is play-based, not academic based. This is good since at this age kids should be playing and learning, not learning academics yet. If you do your research about the school this is easily seen. If you do research on why children should be playing and the educational benefits of play you will see why this school is an awesome option for that. Having strong friendships, fun, and learning as you play should be the main objective for this age. School is for reading, writing, and math in a formal setting.

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November 05, 2011
TCS is Tucson's only parent-owned cooperative preschool/kindergarten. The cooperative model makes all the difference. Parents don't just drop off the kids at school. At TCS, parents are required by contract to participate in the running of the school. The school's motto is "Kids and parents learning together." TCS is Tucson's first racially integrated school, established 1948. My kids, alumni, say, "I wish I could go to TCS forever." I can't say enough good stuff about TCS.

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August 02, 2008
TCS is a family-oriented and family-friendly preschool, but at the expense of academics. My kids had a great time, made strong friends, but are not where we would like them to be with reading, writing, math. This is not important to most TCS parents, many of whom appear to be there for social reasons and not for their children, but it is important to us which is why we are changing schools.

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May 08, 2006
This is a fantastic school with a strong focus on self-directed learning activities. A tremendous amount of parental involvemet is required, but it is worth the extra effort.

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May 06, 2006
Excellent PK-K program. Loving, knowledgeable staff. Education for the whole family, as family involvement is not just encouraged, it's required. Children are encouraged to explore, play and learn in a safe, loving environment. Excellent staff/student ratio.

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April 18, 2006
Tucson Community School is unique -- it's like a step back in time to when life was simpler. For ages 3-kindergarten, it's a small school with small classes and a VERY high level of parent involvement. Parent involvement in and out of the classroom is not only expected but required. They do not focus heavily on academics because they believe that at ages 3-5, children need opportunities for play and exploration, for pursuing their interests and curiosities. It's a wonderful school with a waiting list to get in.

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March 29, 2006
We have been absolutely thrilled with our experience at TCS. This is a great preschool environment for children whose parents want to be involved. The staff is friendly, caring and knowledgeable. We love being able to be a part of our child's early education!

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March 11, 2006
Tucson Community School is a parent cooperative preschool that has been serving Tucson families for nearly 60 years. My daughter is in Kindergarten this year. She has attended since she was three. The play-based curriculum can't be beat. Children are provided beautiful learning environments and tools. The school is NAEYC accredited, and the staff attends the yearly conference, often as presenters. Children are skillfully guided through their days in ways that allow them to learn to solve their own problems, think critically, and to be inquisitive. As a parent cooperative, parent involvement is high, and all parents are required to spend significant time helping in the classroom. This allows a very low student/adult ratio, and is monumentally rewarding to parents, children, teachers and the overall school community. TCS is my daughter's favorite place. Visit and see what a wonderful, enriching place it is-- the best preschool in Tucson, hands down.

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March 10, 2006
This school has become a wonderful start for my son's years of education ahead. I can say that he has developed tremendously since starting at this school, his social development being the most changed. He loves school and all his friends there! As a whole, the children are allowed and encouraged to develop in areas that need it at all different levels. They are encouraged to be creative in individual ways, to ask questions, solve problems, and find solutions through communication and cooperation with others. There is lots of play/choice time, time where the child can really develop in areas that need it. The teachers there are really amazing with the kids and very knowledgable on childhood development. The school is parent co-op so lots of parent involvement/time is required from the parents for the function of the school.

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February 08, 2005
TCS is a parent cooperative preschool that has been around for a very long time. The play-based curriculum is mainly based on pedagogy found in the book The Little Red School House, but elements of Montessori, Waldorf and Gardner are evident in day-to-day activity. As it is a parent cooperative, parent involvement is mandatory to an extent, so TCS families are extremely involved in the daily function and success of the school as well as the success of their children. The teachers are the most devoted and knowledgeable experts on early childhood education you'd ever want to meet and they actively enhance that knowledge to the benefit of the children, continuously and voraciously. They are accredited by the NAEYC and the staff annually participates and aroften invited as presenters at the NAEYC annual conference. I could not imagine a better preschool for my daughter. I wish they continued through elementary years.

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We are a NAEYC accredited school with classroom curriculum that meet Arizona Early Learning Standards while also encouraging a child's love of learning, curiosity, and self confidence to last a lifetime. As a cooperative, parents participate on varying levels to create our one of a kind community.

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Tucson Community School
2109 East Hedrick Drive, Tucson, AZ  85719
(520) 326-9212
Last modified Tucson Community School is a Private school that serves grades PK-K
Tucson Community School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top