A Long History of Care and Academic Support for Children
The TCIS residence program has gained more than 60 years of experience in serving families who choose boarding to meet their particular needs. Students have historically come to us from all parts of the world and have found a loving home away from home. Parents can rest assured that the boarding program recognizes the importance of “home” in the growth and development of young people.
Connection Between School and Dorm
The principles that drive TCIS as a school are the same principles that shape our boarding culture. Holistic education that builds knowledgeable, healthy, responsible, and balanced children is key within our Residence Life Program. With full- and part-time dorm staff who are teacher-certified and are experienced in working with adolescents, the program offers a full spectrum of support, addressing the academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing of each student. The combination of structure, relationships, and support have made the TCIS boarding program a place where alumni often revisit throughout their lives.
Together, as a community, we strive to promote the following in our boarding program:
A prime focus in the dormitory houses is to provide the time, space, and support for students to perform well academically. Daily study halls, private and group workspaces, technology and resource access, and teacher availability are important. A system of strong communication with teachers maximizes the amount of support available to each child.
Caring Christian Community
A family-like atmosphere is the ultimate goal of the TCIS boarding culture. A child that feels safe and properly supported is one that can achieve at their personal best in any area. Based on Christian values of peace, kindness, respect, and love, the atmosphere in the residence program is welcoming, comfortable, and open. Students of any faith will feel like part of the community, and there are many opportunities for Christian teens to be encouraged and to grow in their faith.
Structure for Personal Growth
The structure and focus of the Residence Life Program help students to grow in character and soft skills. Students are guided and encouraged to practice time-management, effective communication, personal health, conflict resolution, responsibility within a community, leadership skills, and many others. Families often remark on the level of maturity and confidence that they see in their children during their time in boarding at TCIS, and boarding alumni always return to tell us just how much their boarding experience prepared them for university.
Students live and work closely together in the dorm, and friendships formed are typically very close ones. Students in the same class year become especially close as they work and play together. Each class year has its demands and challenges, and there is no other group more helpful and supportive than that group of understanding peers who are also going through those challenges together. These student relationships remain especially strong throughout their school years and beyond.
Balance and Enjoyment of Life
We find that the most successful and fulfilled students are those who find balance in their lives. Students are encouraged to spend time engaging in co-curricular activities, developing healthy relationships, and developing areas of personal passion and enjoyment–and to have fun doing it. While the dorm environment is set up to be conducive for studying, it also includes a great deal of laughter and fun times.