We have exciting news. As you may or may not know, it has been a longstanding goal of CHS to establish sister-school relationships allowing our students and faculty an economical opportunity to travel and experience other campuses in other cultural regions.
Toward that end, Community High School has applied and was just accepted as a member of the Network of Complementary Schools, an organization dedicated to providing students and educators with opportunities for cross-campus educational exchanges. The Network has been around since 1975, and has member schools ranging from small to large, including independent, public, and Jesuit campuses, with both conservative and progressive philosophies, and with emphases ranging from the arts to sustainable agriculture. Community High is the only school in our region, and one of only four in the Southeast. (And that’s counting Texas in the Southeast.)
Participation in network exchanges is generally quite affordable, with costs to families for short-term exchanges limited mostly to travel expenses. Additional scholarship funds may be available for families of need even to assist with those costs.
It is also possible to participate by hosting students (or faculty) for periods ranging from a few days to a few weeks. The prospect of welcoming folks from communities ranging from a Navajo Reservation in Arizona to Main Line Philadelphia, from Puerto Rico to Seattle, is deeply exciting.
Exchanges may be thematically based depending on the strengths of individual campuses, from Maple Sugaring in rural Massachusetts to feedlot management in western Kansas. Some exchanges, however, are based merely on investigating a different kind of school—socially or pedagogically—or a different region of the country.
In coming weeks, Alumni and Exchange Coordinator Roni Sutton will be in touch with details about how students may apply. It’s my hope that she will soon be in touch looking for host families as well! In the meantime, those interested can review the Network’s website and begin to learn about our fellow Network schools.
We are very excited for this excellent opportunity to broaden our borders, and to share our own strong community culture. Thank you all for your commitment to Community High School.