We believe optimum learning occurs in small, student-centered learning environments. The focus of NHCS’ college-preparatory academic program is designed to foster each student’s capacity for self-development and personal responsibility with a growth mindset. Students achieve when they are provided a meaningful, content-rich, thinking-centered, standards-based educational experience with high expectations for their success in a warm, supportive environment.
Our model includes key components designed to meet the specific needs of Robla middle grade students:
- an extended school day (8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.) and school year with a block schedule, to provide additional time for academic learning and social emotional development;
- a college-going culture with high expectations for student success;
- culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate content and strategies for every student;
- standards-aligned curricula and assessments that are backwards-planned to ensure core content is mastered;
- data-driven, differentiated instruction for varied learning styles and varied ability levels, including opportunities for collaboration and project-based learning with tech-based learning to increase engagement and further personalize learning;
- an Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model for academic, behavioral and social interventions and support;
- mastery learning and grading to provide students multiple opportunities to learn and demonstrate their learning;
- an emphasis on positive school culture and social emotional development will permeate the program, with home visits for every family, PBIS and restorative practices, social emotional learning curriculum in Advisory, and support from NHCS’ on-site Counselor and Social Worker, including referrals to outside partner agencies for student and families support services;
- intensive, ongoing teacher PD and coaching and time built in weekly for teacher/staff collaboration for horizontal and vertical alignment and exchange of best practices will ensure high-quality instruction and development of each student;
- and, finally, parent engagement will be a hallmark of the program, to help foster students’ academic success and healthy development.