Founded in 1969, Community House is devoted to standing with Princeton families by providing tools for academic success and social-emotional wellness through programs that bolster early childhood literacy, promote the mastery of fundamental academic skills, and create early awareness of post-secondary opportunities for underserved youth. We invite you to review descriptions of Community House's fifteen programs below as you decide which opportunities are a good fit for your child(ren). If you are interested in registering your child(ren) for a Community House program please see our Registration Page.
Should you have questions about a Community House opportunity please feel free to contact us directly via phone or email.
Community House Programs:
Community House Big Sibs
Community House Big Sibs is a student-led mentorship project connecting University students with elementary school students in Princeton Public Schools. Mentors build long-term relationships with individual students and help foster academic and social and emotional growth. Community House Big Sibs works with elementary aged students in grades 2-5.
Community House Big Sibs will meet on February 17th, February 24th, March 3rd, April 7th, April 21 and May 12th
Community House After School Academy
The Community House After School Academy (CHASA) is a program for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. During the program students participate in daily workshops designed to help them build and improve their academic skill set in the areas of language arts, math, writing, and science. Homework support is provided to all CHASA participants. Additionally, time each week will be dedicated to extracurricular activities including but not limited to lectures on campus, book discussions, recreational sports, the fine arts (music, theater, dance), and community service.
The Community House After School Academy runs Monday-Thursday from 3pm-6pm
Community House After School Enrichment & Generation One
Generation One focuses on helping first generation students navigate the high school experience and prepare to launch into college. Both the Generation One and Community House After School Enrichment (CHASE) programs provide mentoring, academic tutoring, subject-specific study circles, writing workshops, field trips, college tours and other activities. Both programs are for high school students in grades 9 through 12.
The Generation One and Community House After School Scholars programs run Monday- Thursday from 3pm-6pm
Community House Crossings
The Crossings program aims to create and provide a safe space for middle and high school students to learn and discuss important themes of self-identity formation and to explore how personal narratives relate to their environment. This series is open to middle and high school students who live in Princeton, NJ and meets once per-month on Saturdays. Each session will cover a central topic through different activities and discussions led and facilitated by undergraduate mentors. The main theme of Crossings is the topic of intersectionality. By examining how each participant lives, the group will learn how individual identities are connected to personal environments, and how each individual can move forward to lead a new wave of strengthened personal education. This series hopes to help students develop a unique and personal understanding of diversity issues.
Spring Dates for the Crossings Program will be announced in February 2018
Community House SAT Prep
The Community House SAT Prep program is for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and matches students with tutors for one-on-one study and preparation sessions for standardized tests. Study plans are developed for each individual student, and focus on the areas of math, english, writing and best practices in standardized test-taking skills. Please note that students are matched with tutors on a first come, first served basis, with priority being given to students in 12th grade.
The SAT Prep program meets by appointment only
Community House STEAM Summer Camp
The Community House STEAM camp offers a hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math to students in the Princeton community so that they can enhance their knowledge and skills in the STEAM area while discovering a love for science and the arts.
All camper slots for the 2018 STEAM Summer Camp are now full. To place your child on the waitlist, please submit a completed camp application to Community House.
Youth Participants must live in the Princeton area or have a parent/guardian who works at Princeton University AND be part of an underrepresented population (low-income, first generation college or person of color).