This group of students will be challenged with rigorous academics, as well as collaboratively working together with their peers. The end result is to produce well-rounded, internationally-minded students who are equipped to succeed in competitive universities.
To achieve these high standards, all current eighth and ninth grade students will be given the opportunity to join the Accelerated Cohort. During their ninth and tenth grade years, they will take Honors courses for the core subjects--mathematics will be personalized according to their skill level. They will also take a foreign language. Although we are now able to offer all of our core subjects face-to-face, because of our small size, some coursework will still need to be offered online. When this occurs, cohort students will meet during a scheduled time and work collaboratively through the content.
In addition, the cohort students will take a course called Seminar. This course will consist of three parts. The first is the International Baccalaureate course, The Theory of Knowledge. A quick Google search will give you an idea of its content. The second element of the Seminar course will be Project-Based Learning. PBL will span the entire year, concluding with a presentation at the end of the summer. PBL will be a rich opportunity to work individually, or collaboratively, explore great depth, and apply critical thinking. The final part will be a community service project to be completed mostly during the summer months.
When the cohort students reach their junior and senior years, they will continue together through challenging Honors and Advanced Placement courses, with opportunities to provide support, leadership, and encouragement to their cohort peers in their areas of expertise. All cohort students will be required to maintain high academic standards throughout this experience, but their commitment and hard work will provide a lifelong foundation for success.