Upper School

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opportunity and challenge

An Upper School education at Community School is defined by academic rigor driven by a spirit of inquiry, meaningful outdoor experiences, and athletic and artistic opportunities.

Our exceptional program provides a framework for students to explore and pursue their passions and develop an authentic sense of self.

Upper School students continually build qualities of self-confidence, awareness, and independence. As they progress through the Upper School, development in these areas rewards students with increasing levels of autonomy and responsibility. Leadership opportunities abound academically, athletically, and in the Outdoor Leadership Academy.

Whether playing varsity soccer as a freshman, leading the ninth-grade river trip as a senior, or singing a solo in the fall musical, students are also regularly challenged to exceed their perceived limits and seek out new experiences.

The Upper School promotes a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students. Experts in their subject areas our faculty values the art of teaching. Beyond the classroom, teachers are regularly involved in students' lives—as student advisors, trip leaders, coaches, community service leaders, and friends. These strong student-teacher relationships are often cited by graduating seniors as the most important element of a Community School education.

This culture of care and respect fosters a learning environment that is open, accepting, and curious. We cultivate independent thinking and support students as they step beyond their comfortable boundaries, both academically and individually.

We encourage all students to participate across the spectrum of interests and activities, including athletics and the fine and performing arts. It's not unusual to see a student playing competitive soccer, acting in a school play, and devoting time to community service projects in the same week.

Meet the Upper School Head

Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell joined Community School as Upper School Head in July, 2018.

Kevin comes to Community School from Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School in Santa Cruz, California, where he has served as Dean of Students, history teacher, and safety officer since 2013. Prior, he taught and served as a security committee team member at Mount Madonna School in Mount Madonna, California.

Kevin holds a BA in political science from University of California, Davis, and a MA in teaching from University of San Francisco.

Reflections from Community School students and faculty following Kevin’s visit to our school describe an educator and leader with a thoughtful, intelligent approach that led to easy connections with both faculty and students. His genuine interest in the ideas and experiences of others, deep appreciation for outdoor education, understanding of equity and inclusion issues, and values that align with the mission and vision of our community were all evident in his interactions during the search process and in his time on campus.

Kevin and his wife, Thecla, have two children, Freya (4) and Lowen (1). 

The interpersonal relationships between students and teachers here have been transformative. Our daughter considers the school an extension of her family.

Annie Kaiser, Current Parent