For over a decade, Capital Prep has dedicated countless amounts of energy to seeking out the best resources for the academic growth of our scholars in grades 6-8. All of our curriculum and content instruction were created to be relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills that our children need for success in college and careers. The academic standards we hold the student to is rooted in the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. We have adopted a strict philosophy for efficient teaching which involves providing students multiple opportunities to gain understanding of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Our humanities department uses the Expeditionary Learning (EL) program to build up reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are weaved into the EL program through various novels and short stories centered around perseverance. A major focus of the department is to get students to understand the importance of supporting arguments with evidence is taught to improve reading comprehension.
Our mathematics department use the Eureka Math curriculum to build skills and concepts using concrete, visual, and abstract models and techniques. We design our units of study using the Eureka Math modules and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Within CCSS, students will learn skills and concepts which they then apply through the Standards for Mathematical Practice, becoming mathematical thinkers.
Our science department seeks to develop critical thinkers who can breakdown the world around them and solve complex problems with creative, unique, and advanced solutions. We have adopted the framework of the Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS). Within the NGSS, there are three distinct and equally important dimension to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard-or performance expectation-and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science of time.
- Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science: Life, Physical, Earth & Space, and Engineering Design.
- Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and cross-cutting concepts.
- Disciplinary Core Ideas are the key ideas that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines.
Our Spanish Department uses the American Council of Teaching on the Foreign Language standards to assess students’ language proficiency. We design our lessons based on the Can-Do statements which prepare students to have spontaneous conversations in the target language. Students are assessed on Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking skills. Within these disciplines, students are exposed to authentic materials in the target language and will be assigned real-life performance tasks. They will also be assessed based on their grammar skills and culture competency. Within these standards and tasks, students will become critical thinkers about the Latin American world.
Through all disciplines students will begin to make sense of the problems in the world around them and choose appropriate tools and construct appropriate arguments to persevere in solving these problems. With these practices in place, our five learner expectations, a school culture of high expectations for all students, and a dedicated well-informed staff, our Trailblazers are ready to leave their mark on the 21st Century!