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Our Mission

The Anchor School is a village of educators, families, and community members that partners with 6th through 12th grade students who are developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to thrive in school and beyond. Through our commitment to excellent instruction, community partnerships, and holistic student development, we cultivate anchors that build a more just and equitable future.


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Schools must function as anchors in the community – institutions which ground young people in who they are and to whom they are connected. Great schools cultivate confidence, identity, and community.

When we say we “cultivate anchors” in our mission, we are describing the impact the school model has on students and the community. Anchors offer stability and confidence in turbulent waters, and are necessary in the transition from adolescence to early adulthood. In addition to offering young people the stability and confidence needed to thrive beyond school, TAS serves as an anchor institution in the larger community by offering a myriad of educational programs; youth programs; community health services; employment opportunities; a hub for the development of culture, learning, and innovation; a long-term presence; and support for local businesses.

Our school was designed with adolescents in mind.

Connected to self 

Connected to others

Connected with the world 

Our school was designed in community conversations.

A proposed tuition-free public charter school with a state-wide attendance zone.

Building a more just and equitable future.

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The Anchor School complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination  or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. All employment actions, such as recruitment, hiring, promotions, terminations, layoffs, returns from layoffs, compensation, benefits, transfers, and participation in School-sponsored training, education, and social/recreational programs, are made without regard, or consideration for, any such characteristic or category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Similarly, all enrollment actions, such as recruitment, marketing, or enrollment, are made without regard, or consideration for, any such characteristic or category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.