Frequently Asked Questions
What grades does La Tierra Community School offer?
La Tierra Community School offers grades K-6
How will the grade levels be configured?
Classrooms: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grades combined, 5th, 6th
Where will the school be housed?
La Tierra Community School is located at 124 N. Virginia St. in Prescott. It is in the historical district downtown in close, walking distance to many local businesses including the public library.
What makes La Tierra Community School different than other schools in the area?
Several things—La Tierra Community School…
- La Tierra Community School is the only Expeditionary Learning school in the Tri-City area.
- La Tierra offers Spanish for all students, daily.
- We have a rich visual arts program.
- Our school focuses on culture and community.
- We foster an ethic of social and cultural diversity.
- We hold high expectations for all students through academic rigor as we challenge students to think critically about and apply skills to real world matters. We strive to inspire students to recognize their abilities to effect positive change within their community.
- Our learning model is based on cross-curricular thematic units of study (expeditions) that allow students to embrace learning that has real-life applications.
- We have a strong focus on service learning and service to community.
- Our children participate in public learning demonstrations sharing their learning products with an authentic audience.
- We learn within our community and have weekly physical education learning experiences at Switch Dance Studio, Captain CrossFit, Flip City Gymnastics, Blackbird Yoga and with an Aikido Master.
What is Expeditionary Learning?
Expeditionary Learning creates a structure for schools that promote engagement, character building, and academic rigor. The Core Practices of EL are:
- Learning Expeditions (these are in-depth, multi-subject/cross curricular studies of a rich topic that lasts several weeks)
- Active Pedagogy (this is how teachers facilitate learning by keeping all students active, involved, and inspired)
- Culture & Character (positive behavior and citizenship traits are emphasized, enabling a safe, nurturing environment)
- Structures (daily, weekly, and year-long schedules are considered to foster highest quality learning for both students and faculty)
- Leadership & School Improvement (collaborative leadership is fostered and individuals are empowered to effect change making the school and world better)
Is Expeditionary Learning a proven model?
Yes, Expeditionary Learning (EL) has been a proven model for 18 years and is working in over 160 schools around the nation. President Obama and educational leaders have recognized EL for creating rigorous learning environments. The State of New York contracted with EL in 2012 to complete their learning curriculum for grades 3-8. The new curriculum will be fully implemented by the entire state of New York during the 2013-2014 school year. Learn more about Expeditionary Learning!
How is Prescott College involved?
Prescott College and La Tierra Community School have been partners since the school’s inception. Students and staff at Prescott College are involved in the creation, development, and evaluation of the school. Our students collaborated with students and professors at Prescott College to enrich our learning opportunities.
Is LTCS a “lab school” of Prescott College?
No, LTCS is not a laboratory school of Prescott College—it is independent.
How do I enroll?
You must first attend a “Look at La Tierra” information session and then fill out an enrollment packet by the open enrollment date. Learn more about enrollment!