ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING

THE CAPITAL CITY CHARTER SCHOOL RECOGNIZES ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING AS A KEY TEACHING STRATEGY FOR DEVELOPING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR STUDENTS. ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING IS A FORM OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION WHERE LEARNING OCCURS THROUGH A CYCLE OF ACTION AND REFLECTION AS STUDENTS WORK WITH OTHERS APPLYING WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING IN THEIR CLASSES TO COMMUNITY ISSUES.

THE BOARD IS COMMITTED TO THE CONCEPT OF ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING AND TO THE INTEGRATION OF THE STRATEGY INTO THE INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY IN OUR SCHOOL TO INCREASE OUR STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

LITERACY

At CCCS, students will learn to read while reading to learn. Reading is a complicated process about making meaning, which includes phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. At CCCS, comprehension strategies and critical thinking skills will be taught to help students make sense of content and the world around them. Students at all levels work with a balance of informational and literary text, and learn to read carefully to extract evidence from text.

WRITING

Students engage in the writing process to learn to write like historians, scientists, mathematicians, and artists. Through writing, students learn more deeply about content and communicate what they know. Writing at CCCS is taught, across the curriculum. Students have regular opportunities to write for authentic purposes and audiences beyond the classroom, which fosters motivation for
producing quality writing.

MATHMATICS

Math at CCCS will be taught with rigor and integrity in discrete math classes. Along with discrete math instruction, math will be integrated into projects, case studies, and learning expeditions whenever possible, in the lead or supporting role. At CCCS, all teachers will promote mathematical thinking in areas such as numeracy, statistics, patterns, and problem solving.

SCIENCE

Expeditions, case studies, projects, problem-based content, possible collaboration with
professionals and engineers, and interactive instructional practices at CCCS will foster inquiry and enable authentic student research. When possible, student research contributes to the school community or broader community (e.g., seventh-graders analyzing conditions for optimal growth
in their school garden, high school students testing indoor air quality in the school to inform recommendations to the Board of Education).

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students’ understanding of enduring concepts is prioritized so that they can apply that
knowledge to the modern world. CCCS views social studies as a way to develop students’
capacity to interpret their world critically and to engage productively in it. The emphasis of the curriculum, meant for the student body is on deep understanding rather than memorization of myriad facts and details, explicit literacy instruction is a focus for students at all levels of mastery.

FITNESS & WELLNESS

CCCS promotes wellness in students and school staff members. Healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and healthy relationships-the key elements of physical and mental health are included as part of a school’s wellness approach. The physical education program will emphasize personal fitness and nutrition and character development and reinforces a school culture of respect, responsibility, and achievement. Physical activity and outdoor time will be woven into our school day whenever possible and appropriate (e.g., walking to fieldwork research sites, setting up and cleaning classrooms and common spaces, using physical energizer breaks to enhance academic work times).