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Teachers College Community School ribbon-cutting

Reasons to celebrate

Everyone applauds as students cut the Teachers College Community School banner c Miller Photography

Everyone applauds as students cut the Teachers College Community School banner celebrating their new home in Harlem.

City Councilman Robert Jackson greets 1st-graders at the celebration. Miller Photography

City Councilman Robert Jackson greets 1st-graders at the celebration.

Sunshine and balloons dress up the opening. Miller Photography

Sunshine and balloons dress up the opening.

Teachers College Community School celebrated the additions of pre-K and 1st-grade classes and the school’s move to a permanent home. All of the school’s constituents — staff, administration, parents, and community and political leaders — joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the former St. Joseph’s Catholic School on Morningside Avenue in Harlem on Sept. 20. The school opened its doors with two kindergarten classes in a temporary location last year. A Department of Education public school, it is affiliated with Teachers College at Columbia University and is designed as a model for innovations in teaching, a hub for curriculum development and educational research, and a professional development site for community education and programming. It will also provide a wide range of student and family services including family literacy and after-school programming as well as social and health services. Classes will be phased in to reach a fully enrolled school of 300. Staff and students will be able to take advantage of the affiliation with Columbia by having access to the university’s libraries, labs, auditorium, art studios and other facilities.

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