Student Community Model

A project minimizing the barrier to entry for excellent student communication

Proven structure
1000+ hours of development
7000+ lines of code
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The Student Community Model

The Student Community Model is a project created during the COVID-19 pandemic to help alleviate isolation which arose amongst students as a result of distance learning. It continues to be very useful in both hybrid and fully in-person learning styles, even as the pandemic subsides. The Student Community Model was first created after a problem with distance learning was observed: casual connections had been completely and abruptly broken. You could no longer ask your classmate about the homework assignment or even make a casual joke as you were walking out of math class. When online class was over, the experience was suddenly and abruptly over. One moment you were in a classroom with your peers, and the next moment you were in your room alone.

The project uses Discord as a platform to help students communicate. While Discord servers can be very simple, the Student Community Model has very quickly grown in resources, complexity and features. The project includes a host of original documentation, multiple Discord servers, a custom-developed bot, websites, large administration and moderation teams, and more.

But how does the experience for students work? Each implementation of the Student Community Model corresponds to one school. When students first join the server for their school, they are presented with a list of classes and prompted to select the ones they are enrolled in. Based on their selections, they are given access to text channels (places where people can chat with each other). Each server includes channels for nearly all of the most popular classes, and even includes channels for grade levels, clubs, and other extracurricular groups. Each channel has unique permission settings which allow the students who are in specific classes to view and chat in the channels.

The model has a clear and visible set of rules, an automated report system for rule-violations, a robust and largely automated disciplinary system, and thorough and capable administration and moderation teams. You can be sure any Student Community server is a safe and respectful place to be. Student Community Bot, custom-developed for this project, enables a fully automated setup process, language translation, email verification, nickname management, fully automated server setup and reset, and much more.

Athenian Community: the inaugural pilot for the model

Athenian Community helped me get back interactions between classes with my classmates that we have all been missing since we started distance learning. I have also talked to many students online who I never talked to in school.

I found Athenian Community immensely useful for getting help for my classes. I feel like this server is the best alternative out there in lieu of being able to talk to my classmates in person. I am able to talk to people just in a certain class, or my whole grade, via voice or text. All of these options have definitely been extremely facilitative.

Athenian Community connected me with many students, both within my grade and with other grades, and kept me entertained during the boring pandemic. The events we had, such as playing video games and trivia, were especially entertaining.

Remarks are from students who have used Athenian Community.

Athenian Community is the first deployment of the Student Community Model and functioned as a pilot program to create the model. Athenian Community operates for students of The Athenian School. It gained 100+ members, from all four high school grades, in just the first 7 months after launch and serves as a demonstration of the capability and usefulness of the Student Community Model.

For more information about Athenian Community and the creation of the Student Community Model, see this account.

Why you should use the Student Community Model

We're excited to expand the Student Community Model to even more schools. “But why should I use the model?” you may ask. “I could easily make a Discord server and invite some people at my school.” The strength of the Student Community Model is its wealth of existing infrastructure. A great deal of documentation has already been written, including rules, information for users, a disciplinary system, administration instructions, announcements, and more. The organization of the project, including channels, roles, permissions, classes, grades, administration, moderation, bots, websites, and much more, has already been developed and tested. Branding and marketing templates also already exist. The custom-developed Student Community Bot enables a fully automated setup process, language translation, email verification, nickname management, fully automated server setup and reset, and much more. (see the Bot section below).

An implementation using the Student Community Model is backed by all the resources and experience of the model, enabling a much more featured and useful product with dramatically less labor and no guesswork.

How to use the Student Community Model

Are you a student who's interested in using the model for your school? Fantastic! Just fill out this form, or send a quick email with the name of your school, and we'll help you get started with all the resources the Student Community Model offers.


The Student Community Bot is a custom-developed bot that provides a lot of functionality for the Student Community Model. The codebase includes over 7000 lines of code across five different languages, and its capabilities include fully automated server setup and reset, email verification, fully automated member setup, language translation, computational knowledge engine queries, database administration, nickname management, and more. You can track development and contribute to the bot here.


Why isn't the model designed to include teachers in the servers?

Limiting the servers to students was a deliberate decision. Having a teacher present prevents truly open and helpful conversation. Without a teacher surveilling their conversations, students don't have to worry about the teacher thinking they weren't paying attention in class and are more likely to get the help they need. You can rest assured that our clear, robust, and comprehensive rules, disciplinary system, and administration and moderation teams are designed to eliminate academic dishonesty and any other potential problems.

Why should I use the Student Community Model if the COVID-19 situation is improving?

Although the Student Community Model was originally created during the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues to be extremely useful to students even when their school is using fully in-person instruction. The ability to communicate and collaborate after school or on weekends with other students is still eminently valuable even when students don't have to social-distance or wear masks.

I don't have any programming experience. Will I still be able to set up an implementation of the model at my school?

You don't need any programming experience to use the Student Community Model at your school! Even if you are new to Discord, the Student Community Model makes making a complex project very simple. All it takes is a little bit of time and enthusiasm!

My school already has a Discord server that some students use. Is it possible to implement the model in an existing server?

Absolutely! The Student Community Model can bring more features, practicality, organization, and resources to an existing server. See the How to use the Student Community Model section above for how to get started.

This is super cool. I want to help with the project!

We're thrilled you like it! The best way to help with the project is to start using the model at your school. (See the How to use the Student Community Model section above.) You can also help with the development of the Student Community Bot if you like programming. (See the Bot section above.)

I'm interested in the project but I have a question that's not answered here.

Please feel free to email with any additional questions.