Preparation for College and Career
Our academic program is challenging, global, and focused on demonstrable results. Our support team works with each student, preparing their course of study and actively guiding them on their path to college and career. Counselors, college advisors, and mentors are prepared to work with CCSC students, supporting them and guiding each through the college application process. CCSC students are prepared for what comes next after high school.
What to expect
- A program designed to explicitly focus on 21st century success skills such as professional communication, independent problem solving, time-management and prioritization, pride and ownership in work produced, and connecting (these skills) to the real world.
- Every new student is assigned to an advisor, who becomes the primary liaison between the student, the family, and school staff. All families are guaranteed at least five phone calls and one meeting with their child’s advisor each year to review students’ academic performance, socio-emotional health, behavioral progress and extra-curricular involvement. Most families, however, communicate with faculty far more regularly than that.
- Internally developed and culturally relevant college preparatory curriculum that celebrates the richness and diversity of our student body, encourages gifted students to excel, and serves to catch up those who are behind to ready them for the rigor of college. Our course of study demands daily writing, reading, discussion, computational thinking, problem solving, and laboratory skills.
- Coursework in English, history, mathematics, science, and Spanish, in addition to electives at the upper grades.
- Free After School Learning Centers, staffed by general education and special education teachers 3 days each week to provide students with extra help.
- Free breakfast and lunch every day for all students.
- An average of two to three hours of homework per night.
- An extended school day that begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:40pm, except on Wednesdays when school ends at 1:30pm.
- An annual Roundtable Portfolio presentation to family and community members every year through grade 11. This is a 45-minute session during which students demonstrate mastery of learning acquired during the year.
- A 100-hour Senior Internship graduation requirement where students are placed in a partner non-profit, university, business, technology company, community center, or other organization throughout Cambridge and the Greater Boston Area, gaining valuable real world experience.
- An exceptionally strong athletics program, available to all students, that has won the Achievement Award the last two school years.
- Advanced Placement offerings, in addition to partnerships with Harvard and Boston Universities, where students can also take courses.