Children’s Aid College Prep Charter 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.
It’s All About the Learning
We use a research-based comprehensive approach designed to improve student outcomes and foster high academic achievement which underpins our whole child approach to education.
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.