Welcome to Community School’s Teacher Training Academy!

Community School’s Teacher Training Academy (TTA) is a unique teacher preparation program that provides interns with a wide variety of teaching and educational experiences. The TTA is a ten month live-in program. The interns gain extensive teaching experience alongside a mentor teacher as well as serving as a dorm parent at the Community School Residence Hall. The TTA places interns with mentor teachers somewhere between preschool through twelfth grade.

The goal of the Teacher Training Academy is to provide a rich, well-rounded teacher education experience based on the Community School Mission and Guiding Principles . Interns learn about education through their two main roles as teaching intern and dorm parent in our residence hall. Interns become effective and reflective teachers through every aspect of the Community School internship experience:

  • Guided mentorship with veteran teachers
  • Methods for preparing curriculum
  • Practicing dynamic educational strategies for effective teaching
  • Participating and enhancing educational seminars
  • Evaluating students through a variety of assessments
  • Advising and mentoring students
  • Co-Leading outdoor education trips
  • Job placement support outside of CS
  • Room and board, plus a small stipend

Through a holistic approach to teacher education, interns gain a rewarding, intense, and varied experience. We believe that full immersion into school life is the best way to hone one's teaching skills. The relationships formed through this immersion are a hallmark of our educational philosophy at Community School. By the end of the program, the aim is for the interns to develop into solid teaching professionals with their own clarified educational philosophy and a variety of effective teaching skills and strategies that are rooted in Community School’s principles. Successful interns will feel confident and ready to step into a full-time teaching position at an independent or public school.

For a glimpse into the life of an intern at Community School, please read a past intern’s mash-up of her TTA adventure.

Who Should Apply

The Community School internship program is for energetic, charismatic, and multi-talented individuals interested in working in the field of independent school education and in a unique residential boarding program. Applicants need to have completed an undergraduate degree program. We are seeking candidates who are enthusiastic, flexible, eager to learn, and able to collaborate in a variety of settings with different constituents. 

Program Specifics

Click here for detailed information on Program Specifics and 2015-2016 application. Completed applications are due March 30, 2015.