Navigating College Prep

College Prep’s grade-level programming helps students develop tools that will serve them in high school and beyond.
Offerings are designed around themes such as identity, equity, belonging, decision making, self-advocacy, and self-care. Students grow through the development of academic and life skills along with an awareness of the sustaining power of community.

Advising

The Connections and Advising Program (CAP) supports all ninth grade students as they transition to high school through weekly small-group sessions led by faculty advisors and senior student mentors. In addition to academic advising and group connection, CAP groups spend time on equity and belonging and social emotional growth. CAP groups build belonging and purpose toolkits to design innovative learning experiences that foster meaningful connection and guide students to navigate life with purpose. These groups also explore ethical questions, self-care, service in the community, and the best ways to cultivate and maintain relationships.

Tenth through twelfth grade students are grouped in mixed-grade advisories where they remain through graduation. Advising meetings provide an opportunity for students to share advice, discuss courses, and support one another. Juniors and seniors continue to receive academic guidance while offering advice and support to younger students. Throughout the school year students also meet one-on-one with their advisor.

Wellness and Belonging

Wellness & Belonging is a program for tenth and eleventh graders. It begins by examining systems of oppression as they intersect with race, class, gender, and sexuality. Through mental health, physical health, and sexual health education, students learn more about themselves, each other, and the communities within which their identities exist. In eleventh grade, students consider a variety of historical movements as they pertain to disability justice, gender justice, queer justice, and racial justice while building their drive for social action and change. Throughout the larger arc of this course, students utilize different learning modalities such as case studies, activities, videos, and group discussions to build understanding of wellness as it exists within the self and the larger community.

Compass

Compass includes programming for eleventh and twelfth graders. Juniors engage in conversations, workshops, and classes around themes of equity and inclusion and social justice and community impact. Building from this foundation, seniors develop their own Social Impact Projects. Working in small groups around issues they feel passionately about, students develop a concept for a community-based project that they research, refine, pitch publicly, and carry out in collaboration with non-profits or community partners.

Retreats

Each grade level has an overnight retreat annually. Before the school year begins, ninth graders attend the Freshman Retreat. Led by seniors with the support of ninth grade faculty advisors, this trip creates social connections and ensures a smooth entry into the College Prep community. The Sophomore Retreat is a one-night river rafting trip and campout that emphasizes self-esteem and decision-making. The Junior Retreat explores leadership by engaging students physically and mentally at an outdoor ropes course as they transition to be among the older students on campus. The Senior Retreat occurs just prior to graduation and offers time to reflect on College Prep memories and friendships.

mens conscia recti

a mind aware of what is right