Smaller Learning Communities: A Collegiate Teams Approach
Success during the middle grades years sets the stage for all future academic success. Academic pursuits must be rigorous and relevant to a student’s emerging interests to guarantee success. In addition, students must be adequately prepared for their courses, hence, credit recovery is an important component to this preparation. All CSUSA middle grades students do not advance to the next level of a core course until they have demonstrated mastery in the first level of the course. A credit recovery program will be housed at TC Howe Community Howe High School to further guarantee success!!
With a brand-new, fully-developed Agricultural Science program at TC Howe Community High School, middle grades students will also have the opportunity to now participate in high school-level courses while still in middle school! Students will be able to earn high school credit through Introduction to Agriculture and Fundamentals of Agriculture. These courses will provide opportunities for leadership development through critical thinking and team building skills. Students will have opportunities for experiential learning while learning how to preserve valuable resources and protect our environment.
Cambridge International School
Through the CAPS (Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies) Academy choice, academically-advanced students can begin their pre-university studies in the internationally-approved Secondary I courses offered through the University of Cambridge curriculum. Students will begin their preparation toward the prestigious AICE (Advanced International Certificate in Education) diploma. AICE and Pre-AICE courses all contain a global focus, preparing students best for the world of tomorrow.
Parent involvement in the middle grade years is crucial and CSUSA provides many opportunities for families to gain understanding of the complexities of the middle school student. Our Parent Universities held on Saturdays throughout the year, provide valuable information on such relevant topics as parenting your pre-teen and teenager, coping with peer pressure, Internet safety and bullying concerns and changing graduation requirements. Parents can pick and choose the sessions that are most relevant to their needs. Experts from local universities and agencies specializing in middle school students along with CSUSA staff bring valuable topics and information for our parents.
Freshman Success Program and Course
Research demonstrates that the transition from middle school to high school is a key time in a student?s academic experience; excellence attained during this crucial time will provide the best results for college, career, and beyond.
We have designed our Freshman Academy to offer support on many levels:
All TC Howe HS freshmen will be part of the Freshman Academy, with one designated Assistant Principal, one Guidance Counselor, and a core group of teachers. Each faculty member at Howe is assigned a small group of freshmen in an advisor/advisee program as well.
All Howe freshmen take their core classes with Freshman Academy-trained teachers who will focus on teaming, building community, and constant goal-setting in both academic and personal areas.
All Howe Freshmen will be enrolled in a Freshman Success course. The syllabus for this course will include: study skills, organization, technology, personal development, college and career research, personal finance awareness, local and global cultural awareness, public speaking, critical thinking, and becoming an engaged citizen of our community.
The Freshman Success course is Project-Based and students will complete the course with:
- A Personal Mission Statement
- A College/Career Research Project
- A Role Model Research Project
- A Personal Finance Project
All students in the Freshman Academy receive a FREE copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey AND a FREE copy of the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program.
Smaller Learning Communities: An Academy Model
CSUSA plans to adopt the academy model of small learning communities for TC Howe Community High School. While the Freshman Academy bridges the gap between middle school preparation and high school expectations, the College- and Career-Prep Academies prepare students for their post-secondary choices.
Partnering with area universities and colleges for dual-credit options to partnering with area businesses for Career and Technology Education pursuits, these academies will allow students to attain an 8-credit major in one selected strand. The all-new Agricultural Sciences Program will offer benefits such as advanced preparation for post-secondary schooling, scholarships, and readiness for jobs that are already in high demand.
Another Academy option is the ACE (Academic and Career Excellence) Academy.
This Academy option provides students with courses that combine academics and experience, particularly in the areas of Business, Technology, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Selected students from the ACE Academy will have the opportunity to complete an Executive Internship and capstone project during their senior year.
Within the CAPS (Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies) Academy, students can earn the prestigious AICE (Advanced International Certificate in Education) Diploma, completing up to 45 college credits while still in high school! CSUSA has earned the distinction of being a Cambridge School Group and the students at Howe will benefit from this relationship by becoming registered as a Cambridge International School. The CAPS is an internationally-recognized, pre-university curriculum which offers rigorous dual-credit courses in dozens of subject areas.