The roadmap is our blueprint for designing and supporting high-quality schools. It codifies the systems, structures, and values that we believe lead to students developing not only as college-bound learners but also as well-rounded citizens. As a comprehensive academic model, the roadmap is built around five elements of education-a culture of high expectations, demanding curriculum, engaging instruction, rigorous assessment, and shared leadership.
Among the many divergent approaches to education that exist in schools, our roadmap is rooted in a particular philosophy of learning. Specifically, we believe that students learn best when they are immersed in authentic work that is aligned with rigorous standards. Learning is for the learner, and, as such, our classrooms should be oriented toward the student. Teachers’ primary role is to frame learning experiences for students and facilitate their progress, rather than transmit knowledge to passive listeners.
In all University Prep Schools, there is a consistent presence of high-leverage practices that form the backbone of teaching and learning. The roadmap defines these practices; it illuminates our pathway to achieve our mission. Through our collective efforts, we will give students the courage to pursue a future full of possibilities.
Five Elements in Education
Culture of High Expectations
HIGH EXPECTATIONS PERMEATE EVERY FACET OF OUR WORK
We intentionally cultivate an environment that reflects our values. Our traditions, experiences and structures
develop engaged, college-bound students.
STANDARDS-ALIGNED CURRICULUM THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE
Grade-level learning experiences are created through a structured teaching, learning, and planning process. Our curriculum is rooted in standards and pushes students to construct their own meaning through rigorous, authentic tasks.
STUDENTS DO THE HEAVY LIFTING
Discussion-based lessons that foster critical thinking are framed in ways that push students to think deeply about topics of study and compel them to learn more. Instruction is modified to meet the needs of all students.
REFLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS THROUGHOUT THE LEARNING CYCLE
Our work pushes students to construct meaning and master learning targets. We regularly assess the effectiveness
of instruction and its impact on student learning. This is done through self-assessment, reflection, and data analysis. Teachers and leaders adjust plans to guide students to mastery.
SETTING GOALS AND HOLDING EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE
Leadership teams use structured time to build, communicate, and implement work plans. Leaders and teachers collaboratively plan professional development to foster an inclusive learning community. Every individual is a leader whose voice contributes to the attainment of school goals. Foundational to our work as leaders is professional trust.