Navigating College Prep

College Prep’s grade-level programming helps students develop tools that will serve them in high school and beyond.
Offerings are designed around themes such as identity, equity, belonging, decision making, self-advocacy, and self-care. Students grow through the development of academic and life skills along with an awareness of the sustaining power of community.

Advising

The Connections and Advising Program (CAP) supports all ninth grade students as they transition to high school through weekly small-group sessions led by faculty advisors and senior student mentors. In addition to academic advising and group connection, CAP groups spend time on study skills, equity and belonging, and social emotional growth. CAP groups build belonging and purpose toolkits to design innovative learning experiences that foster meaningful connection and guide students to navigate life with purpose. These groups also explore ethical questions, self-care, service in the community, and the best ways to cultivate and maintain relationships.

Tenth through twelfth grade students are grouped in mixed-grade advisories where they remain through graduation. Advising meetings provide an opportunity for students to share advice, discuss courses, and support one another. Juniors and seniors continue to receive academic guidance while offering advice and support to younger students. Throughout the school year students also meet one-on-one with their advisor.

Wellness and Belonging

Wellness & Belonging is a program for tenth and eleventh graders. It begins by examining systems of oppression as they intersect with race, class, gender, and sexuality. Through mental health, physical health, and sexual health education, students learn more about themselves, each other, and the communities within which their identities exist. In eleventh grade, students consider a variety of historical movements as they pertain to disability justice, gender justice, queer justice, and racial justice while building their drive for social action and change. Throughout the larger arc of this course, students utilize different learning modalities such as case studies, activities, videos, and group discussions to build understanding of wellness as it exists within the self and the larger community.

Compass

Seniors engage in conversations, workshops, and classes around themes of social justice and community impact. Working in small groups, students research, develop, and implement a project that tangibly impacts the community beyond campus over the course of their senior year. There are three pathways for seniors to choose among:
  • Social Impact Practicum: working in small groups students research, develop, and implement a project that tangibly impacts the community beyond campus.
  • Partners Program Collaboration: working in pairs, students develop and teach a co-curricular course for middle school students through College Prep’s Partners Program, expanding free access to classes on topics such as music, debate, the arts, and more. 
  • Changemaker Series: working in small groups, students lead classes for their peers on an area of social change through discussions, activities, guest speakers, and workshops. 

mens conscia recti

a mind aware of what is right