Community High School is a small, secular, independent college preparatory high school grounded in the liberal arts, founded with a commitment to seminar-based classes, and located in Roanoke’s city center.
Our Mission is to develop creative and independent problem solvers with diverse backgrounds and abilities who will be scientifically and culturally literate, globally conscious, locally engaged citizens.
Our Pedagogy is founded upon academic inquiry, which emphasizes how knowledge is learned. Our students’ endeavors reflect the nature of intellectual and creative work in each respective field of study. Their efforts are assessed comprehensively and narratively with regard to students’ personal growth.
We Value trust, humor, empathy, curiosity, respect for the free exchange of ideas, and the acceptance of failure as an inevitable and necessary part of real learning.
We Approach the Arts as an essential form of intellectual inquiry and as a foundation of academic, emotional and social development, regardless of a student’s eventual academic field of study or career goals.
We Partner with area colleges, universities, cultural and civic organizations, and provide cultural programming for the community at large.
We Respect our students as scholars, citizens and individuals, encouraged in their curiosity, active in their own education and responsible for their own achievement, as defined by their particular passions, goals and circumstances.
Our Community, including students, faculty, families, alumni and board members, shares our commitment to compassion, citizenship, scholarship and the intentional nurturing of place.