Our school is housed in a beautiful, restored historic warehouse in downtown Roanoke. Located at 302 Campbell Avenue SE, our building has allowed us to consolidate and grow in classroom facilities deliberately and specifically designed to meet our own pedagogical needs. It boasts original wide plank flooring, exposed brick walls, and heart pine timbers, along with the flexible 150-seat June M. McBroom theater, band rehearsal facilities, the LIMINAL Alternative Artspace public art gallery, painting and film-editing studios, and fully equipped science laboratories.
Our location allows our students direct access to downtown, including regional institutions like the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Mill Mountain Theatre, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the O. Winston Link Museum and the Taubman Museum of Art, all of which are contained within blocks of our campus.
Community High School was founded in 2002 by a group of parents, led by career K-12 teachers and professors from Hollins University, Washington & Lee and Virginia Tech, looking for a more innovative and responsive high school environment for their own children. They established a school that would more thoroughly prepare students for a liberal arts education and a fulfilling adulthood. Many of those involved had long associations with Community School, a child-centered pre-K – 8 institution founded in 1971 with which we maintain close ties, though we have always had our own governance and financial structure.