"I like how we call the dorm home. Its pretty funny but true, it is our home away from home.”
- Marge, 12th grade, McCall, ID
Residential advisors (RAs) provide adult supervision in the dorm, oversee meals and study halls, help organize weekend and evening activities, and help students navigate the academic, athletic, and social challenges that arise in high school.
Our boarding students are fully integrated into the life of the school, and participate on teams, in clubs, and in theatre performances. We make every effort to create an inclusive and lively community. In addition to all school events, advisor groups regularly join the students at the dorm for dinner or other activities. Teachers and others also offer weekend activities for boarding and other students. These activities provide students the opportunity to explore the area, see some of the beautiful natural surroundings and places of interest, or visit museums. Trips to Boise, shopping excursions, workshops or classes, theater performances, concerts and lectures are also scheduled throughout the year.
“The Residence Hall is a place where you can be yourself and you have a chance to grow as an individual.”
– David H., RA
Together with the residential advisors, students assume responsibility for the building through our work program and daily chores. This responsibility cultivates leadership and teamwork, and students emerge from the program as responsible, respectful, independent adults who understand how to live and thrive in a close community.
Residential students are supported by the residential staff, faculty, and the entire school community. All students are assigned an academic advisor, with whom they check in daily. The advisor is a great source of support and helps the student manage his or her academic schedule, and communicates any academic issues or successes with the student’s family and the residential staff.
"In the beginning I didn't think I would enjoy study hall but now that school is underway, I am truly grateful for that mandatory study time." -Marge, 12th grade, McCall, ID
All students live with roommates, which provides an important opportunity for personal growth and friendship.
Students often find that living with a roommate is one of their favorite and most important parts of their residential experience. Day students visit the dorm regularly for both special events (dinners, contests, parties, etc.) and on an informal basis.
All residential students are also assigned to a local “host family.” Host families are local families who are affiliated with the school who check in regularly with the student and provide them additional support and friendship. A typical host family will attend the student’s events and competitions, will invite the student to their home for dinner on a regular basis, and may help the student coordinate vacation or long weekend plans. For many students, living in the residence hall with students from all over the world is one of the most valuable parts of their life at Community School. Cooking and sharing a meal with their peers, playing an endless weekend game of ping-pong, and staying up late studying for a math exam can serve as the building blocks for lifelong learning, adventure, and