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NCCS At a glance

North Carroll Community School is a non-profit, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent school serving Preschool through Middle School. Founded in 2005, NCCS provides a “whole child” approach for students living in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.  NCCS strives to meet each child where he/she is and to provide multiple ways to gain knowledge, as well as demonstrate learning. Using a curriculum based on college and career readiness standards, students gain a solid foundation to prepare them for their high school careers.

Statement of purpose

North Carroll Community School was formed to meet the needs of a variety of learners while offering families another choice for their children’s education. We are committed to teaching each child at his or her level of readiness, regardless of age or grade status.

Using our own standards, based on the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards as our starting point, students will build a solid foundation in Literature, Writing, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, and the Arts.

Our vision includes small class sizes, creative opportunities for learning, and most importantly, the time for students to own the concepts that they study. Differences between individuals are acknowledged and celebrated.

We feel strongly about the value of character education. At North Carroll Community School, students and teachers alike belong to a community that values, teaches, and expects courtesy, cooperation, and respect.


Our Mission

The mission of North Carroll Community School is to develop life-long learners with a passion for knowledge.  By providing a strong academic program and an emphasis on character building, our students will become productive citizens.

Each day, we will strive to:

  • Generate excitement about learning
  • Foster respect, responsibility, integrity, gratitude, kindness, humility, and balance
  • Encourage students to be in charge of their learning
  • Create a learning community with high expectations
  • Promote family involvement
  • Provide open communication between teachers, parents, and students


Our Philosophy

We believe in educating the whole child. Our goal is to provide multi-age, differentiated instruction while providing time for in-depth study. An emphasis is placed on connections between disciplines. All learning styles are nurtured through authentic learning experiences designed to extend and enrich our curriculum.


Started by Diane Havighurst and Scot Lynn, two former public school teachers, NCCS is the perfect mix of traditional and progressive education.

Our Story

September 2005:

Started with 35 students at a small location on Old Westminster Pike. Employed a staff of 5.

June 2012:

Moved to a re-purposed church building on Lamb Drive, north of Westminster.  Grew to 112 students and 15 full-time and part-time staff.


Kicked off our official Building Campaign in order to build our dream campus and be able to accommodate our increasing enrollment.  

September 2017:

Moved into our permanent home -- a brand new, originally designed building on a beautiful 12-acre campus.  

Be Part of Our Story:

Join the other 85 families who have found an educational home for their children!  

North Carroll Community School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. North Carroll Community School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.