Community – The local community is a village, with the ability to teach students about historical greatness, and how to embrace ethnicity and culture. The village provides the tools for success, and the opportunity to develop them.

Family – The school is an extension of family in the best sense of the word. The family seeks to build up and be inclusive. All cultures are respected and embraced. It is committed to a hands-on, relevant, and engaging classroom experience, one that appeals to a sense of progress.

Self – Each student is unique and special, created by design to accomplish great things. Everyone can learn and has a significant and uplifting purpose in the family, community and greater world. It is expected that students will seek and find purpose in learning and make a contribution to the greater good.

Context over Content – CFS highly values the cultural context of those it serves. Families and students are affirmed in their cultural connections and the learning environment is culturally inviting, with the goal of global citezenship.

Individualized Learning Plans – All families and students work collaboratively with teachers to create an Individualized Learning Plan that takes into account parent experience, student preference, and family learning goals and outcomes.

Whole Family Care puts the whole child and family at the center of the educational process. Students and parents are supported, empowered, and given voice in learning. We seek to serve children and families, based upon identified needs. This includes meals (breakfast, lunch, and a family dinner),  parent support meetings, and connections to health and wellness services.

Place-Based Learning – Family members are invited to participate in multiple field experiences and project-based lessons. Important discoveries are made in collaboration with community partners such as Keney Park Sustainability Project, Two Coyotes, Ebony Horsewomen and many more. Family passion is ignited as learning becomes continuous and extends beyond the classroom walls.

Learning is Relationship Based – We work to build strong relationships with children and their families, and teachers meet students where they are in their development.

Families Take Ownership – School decisions are not made without student and family input as they actively engage in the learning process. Families are given choice, and voice in the how and why of learning. They help set up classrooms in a way that is whole child centered and safe, and create a “Community Strong” code of academic and social excellence.

Community Events – CFS holds regular community events to promote whole family care and provide fun learning opportunities for children, families, and others in the local community.

Student-Led/Family Informed Conferences – Students and teachers are trained in student led conferences which are aligned with the goals set forth in the Individualized Learning Plans. Students engage in problem solving and critical thinking skills as they are empowered to own their learning.

CFS is a “no suspension” school. When community norms are abused or broken a series of graduated interventions are implemented. Suspensions, both inside and outside are not an option.

Every student is connected to a meaningful career exploration or field experience aligned to their personalized learning plan.