Community Building Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility

Building Community in the Classroom and the School

All of our teachers and staff are trained in the community building, instructional, and discipline philosophy of responsive_classroomResponsive Classroom. Schools that use Responsive Classroom report improved student achievement and student-teacher interactions. Many of our school structures are influenced by Responsive Classroom philosophy.

Morning Meeting

At the beginning of each day, teachers nurture a sense of community through a morning meeting. Students greet one another. They share stories about themselves and their families. They participate in group activities like team building and discussions. After morning meetings, students feel emotionally supported and are ready to engage with the day.

Lunch & Recess

During lunch and recess, non-teaching staff continue the community building work of teachers to support student interactions. During recess, staff coordinate planned physical activities where students learn to develop teamwork skills and to effectively resolve conflicts.

Closing Meeting

At the end of each day, teachers facilitate a reflective closing meeting where students can share daily learnings, reflections, feelings, or what they plan on doing after school. Closing meetings act as a book end to the school day and prepare students for the transition to bus, home, and/or after school activities



Elementary Campus
28-37 29th Street, 4th Floor
Astoria, NY 11102
718.626.8502 (main) 718.626.8508(fax)
Middle School Campus
31-51 21st Street, 5th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106
718.726.0960 (main) 718.726.0949 (fax)