Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School (CACPCS) is a Children’s Aid Community School. CACPCS provides students with a rigorous core instructional program supported by expanded learning opportunities and a comprehensive set of student support services. The integration of each of these elements supports the delivery of our whole-child approach.
The vision of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is to ensure that ALL children have the opportunity to achieve the American dream. By fostering each child’s holistic development early in their academic careers, and by promoting learning and cognitive development, social and emotional skills development, and health and wellness supported by meaningful parent or caregiver engagement, The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School will put its students on the path to college success. We believe that college graduation will provide our students the best opportunities to live the life of their dreams.
The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is a Children’s Aid Society community school whose mission is to prepare elementary school students for success in middle school, high school, college and life by providing them with a rigorous instructional experience; addressing their physical, emotional and social needs; fostering a sense of pride and hope; and serving as a safe and engaging community hub.
Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is on the journey to become an anti-racist institution. We believe our community of students, employees and parents deserve a school environment where everyone is valued.
We acknowledge that institutional structures in the United States are historically racist and we want to do our part by purposefully identifying, discussing and challenging issues of race and color, realizing the impact these issues have on the organization, its systems, and its people. We challenge ourselves to correct inequities we discover within CACPCS and gain a better understanding of ourselves during the process.
As we continue to learn, we do believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences and the inclusion of people regardless of color, gender, language, national origin, sexual orientation, abilities or age.
We are committed to building true partnerships with our community by integrating anti-racist work into everything we do. Through a diversity council, staff affinity groups, examining school policies and procedures, ongoing workshops and clinical trainings, and consultation services, we study and confront issues of race, racism, systemic inequities, disparities and community-wide and intergenerational impact.
Strategic teachers and professional development
Our school’s professional culture is one of collaborative learning and support which facilitates the development of our teachers’ expertise in strategic instruction as they work together to master new strategies and refine their practice.
Deeper learning: curriculum and assessment
Our rigorous curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and is designed to promote higher-order thinking, content mastery, and transfer of learning. Student data is a central influence on our instructional design. Assessment is intimately woven into the curriculum development process and classroom instruction.
Co-teaching allows for each class of students to reap the benefits from the additional instructional intensity associated with two highly qualified teachers. The co-teaching model facilitates a greater level of differentiated instruction and small group instruction in a class of heterogeneous learners.
Comprehensive Student Supports
The goal of Life Coaching is to provide students, staff, and parents with the coordinated and whole-school supports needed to address key barriers to learning. The Life Coach is the central staff member with a set of programmatic prevention, intervention, and enrichment strategies designed to support the holistic development of the students.
Children’s Aid-linked health and mental health services
Through its nearby licensed medical clinic, Children’s Aid provides an array of medical, dental, mental health, health education, and health insurance enrollment supports to CACPCS students and families, regardless of ability to pay. In addition, CACPCS’s new elementary school building will include a medical suite for a nurse and visiting practitioners (e.g., vision and dental screening) while also providing a dedicated space for therapeutic activities.
Parent engagement and support for families
Our parents deeply engage in supporting their students and one another, and they can access community-based resources just by having a place to come to where they feel safe and supported by CACPCS and Children’s Aid staff.
Expanded Learning Opportunities
Extended day and extended year
CACPCS has a longer school day (7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and a longer year (185 days) than traditional public schools. This additional time on task leverages the strengths of CACPCS’s rigorous curriculum and supportive instructional model.
After school, enrichment activities and summer camps and programming
Children’s Aid offers after-school enrichment programming to our students from 4-6 p.m. at the Whitney Young Campus (1919 Prospect Ave.). The aim of these after-school programs is to help our students improve interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, and teamwork; enhance academic skills; spark intellectual curiosity; and encourage them to explore their interests and expand their worldview.
59% 4th grade ELA In 2019 CACPCS's 4th grade (59%) outperformed NYC (49.6%) and NYS (47.7%) in ELA
93% of parents feel the school provides a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep students interested in school.
53% 4th grade Math In 2019 CACPCS's 4th grade (53%) outperformed NYC (49.4%) and NYS (50.4%) in Math.
Michelle DeLong, Board Chair Beth Leventhal, Vice Chair Jane Goldman, Secretary Nina Manon Bershadker, Treasurer Abelardo Fernandez, Trustee De’Lois Coleman, Trustee Phoebe Boyer, Trustee Michelle Rumph, Trustee