Empowering Today's Learners, Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders

The innovative curriculum at Children’s Community School meets individual student needs, preparing them to conquer any academic or interpersonal challenge that comes their way. Guided by dedicated mentors and designed to foster curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity, our students' success goes beyond academics. We prioritize character, aiming to nurture compassionate and responsible individuals. 

CCS excels in all fundamental measures of school success – attendance, behavior, and academic performance at grade level. This achievement can be attributed to several key factors: small class sizes that ensure students receive ample individual attention and active parent engagement. 

At the beginning of each academic year, everyone involved signs a contract pledging their dedication – teachers pledge engaging lessons, students commit to doing their best, and parents agree to support and monitor their child’s academic progress and reading at home. Additionally, families contribute $400 to $500 in tuition fees for the full year – which is a family investment toward the full tuition costs of over $12,000 per student.


Children’s Community School, as an independent, non-profit institution, lays the foundation for urban students’ educational success by offering a robust curriculum and unique experiences, by developing their individual character, and by cultivating strong family involvement.


Children’s Community School is fully accredited by:

The New England Association of Schools & Colleges

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Admission Requirements

Our admission process is designed to ensure that Waterbury students have the opportunity to thrive academically and personally. To join our community, prospective families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following admission requirements.

  • CCS enrolls students from low-income households in the Waterbury area.
  • Income verification is required for acceptance, and updates may be necessary during the school year.
  • Family engagement is crucial to our success and is a contractual requirement.
  • Families are expected to participate in parent/teacher/student conferences, supervise homework, and support their child's reading habits.
  • Involvement in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), including event participation and fundraising, is mandatory, with an opt-out fee available.
  • Tuition covers only a fraction of educational expenses but symbolizes and ensures family engagement, making it obligatory.

Application Process

New applications are processed based on the order of submission and remain valid for one year. Upon the completion of re-registration for current families, individuals on the waiting list will be contacted if there is an available spot in their respective grade. To be considered, submission of a current report card, a family interview, a visit, a written test, and the $25 application fee is necessary. Any vacancies arising during the year are filled from the waiting list.

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