Coliseum College Prep Academy is dedicated to providing all of our students with a challenging and relevant education that prepares them for entry to UC and CSU schools. Students will leave Coliseum College Prep with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue their vision for the future and confident in their ability to do so. We are committed to delivering a program that meets each learner’s unique needs, capitalizes on their passions, connects their learning to the real world, and requires students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
Learners: Students who take initiative. Students who are curious and self determined. Students who have the skills to be life long learners. Students who are reflective and constantly improve and show growth over time.
A person becomes a learner by building a growth mindset.
Khan Academy Lesson on Building a Growth Mindset:
TedTalk with Carol Dweck
Additionally, a person becomes a true learner when they are engaged in multiple genuine tasks that require them to work in meaningful ways. Here, our Career Pathways and Make the Road program cements student desire to learn.
Thinkers: Students who can solve problems, think critically, and appreciate diverse perspectives. Students who can apply their learning to the real world. Students who can use and apply math. Students who seek to understand how the physical world works. This students consistently demonstrate achievement.
Students will learn to be strong thinkers by doing rigorous work. CCPA aligns all of its courses with college preparation as the end goal. Our work with Springboard in ELA and Math, development of AP courses and focus on argumentative writing and complicated problem solving are all evidence of our work to move students toward becoming strong thinkers.
Communicators: Students who can write and express themselves effectively in many ways. Students who are excellent readers. Students who can use technology flexibly. Students who have fluency in more than one language. Students who can listen actively. Students who can clarify and question effectively.
Students will learn to communicate on high level through explicit language instruction teaching them both important academic vocabulary and functional language used to express complex ideas and relationships. At CCPA, we use the Constructing Meaning framework as a tool through which we teach academic language.
Additionally, there is a strong current of academic discourse and oral presentation demands that students meet across the school.
Citizens: Students who are active participants and leaders in their community. Students who question and understand our society and its history. Students who take pride in themselves, care about their peers, and value the diversity of their communities. Students who practice fairness, honesty, and take responsibility for themselves and their community.
Students learn to be strong citizens by practicing being responsible, respectful and safe within their community.
Through PBIS (teaching our values of Being Respectful and Safe, Being Responsible and Building a Growth Mindset) and our work with Restorative Justice, we seek to grow in our students the necessary social emotional skills and intelligence needed to make them strong citizens.
Our Theory of Action and Beliefs:
1) Family and parents essential partners and important drivers in students’ engagement in school and performance. Parent engagement and genuine partnership will bring out the best in our students and school.
2) All students, families and people require multiple opportunities for success and varying levels of support to maximize these opportunities and be successful in a way that is meaningful to them. It is our work to cultivate opportunities and resources to build our students, families and school to success.
3) Academic improvement must be the explicit mission of the school. To this end, our teachers are the experts.
4) Students need to be taught 21st century skills and soft skills to truly teach them to be successful learners.