Student Life & Service Learning
Twin Cities Academy believes that each of us has the responsibility to make our community and our world a better place. Those students who volunteer in their schools and communities grow in the areas of cognitive development, social skills, citizenship, personal growth, and career exploration while addressing genuine community needs at the same time.
Twin Cities Academy middle school students are experience many opportunities for social emotional growth during their middle school years. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, middle school students finish their days in Access (homeroom). These grade level homeroom groups work on homework, hear books exemplifying TCA values read aloud, and participate in team building activities. One time per month middle school students also have a lesson from our college-readiness curriculum.
Middle school students go out quarterly at a minimum on both academic and social field trips, including trips to Park Square Theater, Dodge Nature Center, Camp Friendship and to the Minnesota Historical Museum. As a part of the college-readiness curriculum and our commitment to college-preparatory programming, all middle school students also make a visit to a local college campus.
TCA faculty and administration understand that middle school can be a challenging time for students as they transition from elementary school to the high school levels. To that end, all teachers and administration use an instructional discipline approach, designed to help teach students the social skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Through consistency of expectations and a supportive approach students are more apt to develop positively and uniquely as they prepare for older adolescence and adulthood.
All TCA middle school students participate in group service-learning activities during second semester. In 2016 students helped pack over 250 care packages for new mom’s for Second Stork, made dog toys for Rotta Love dog rescue, read books to elementary students at Academic Cesar Chavez, and prepared food shelf donations for Second Harvest. Additional leadership opportunities at TCA include Student Council, peer tutoring opportunities, and student ambassadors who help with recruitment events for incoming students.
Besides all the serious work of academics and service-learning, students also have the chance to participate in many fun activities, such as school dances, Spirit Week, and end of quarter events like Valley Fair. All of these social events also help students build critical social skills and are simply a lot of fun!