Dear Soaring Eagle parents/guardians –
The 2013-2014 school year at Pikes Peak Prep will be filled with exciting advances in educational technology, curriculum programming, and co-curricular activities. Here are a few of the innovations happening at your school this year:
BLENDED LEARNING K-12:
GEO Foundation is implementing a comprehensive digital (computer-based) curriculum from Compass Learning called Odyssey in all its schools, and we are excited to bring this excellent program to Pikes Peak Prep in grades K-6. Odyssey provides each student a personalized learning experience. Students move through comprehensive lessons in reading, writing, math, science and social studies tailored to their individual learning levels. Teachers and Instructional Coaches work together in teams to provide a rigorous and engaging blended-learning environment, which is a combination of classroom instruction and computer-based lessons. Students’ individual scores on weekly assessments are used to target instruction for maximum academic achievement and growth. We are also strengthening our use of Edgenuity (formerly E2020) for a fully-blended learning environment in grades 7-12, with even more emphasis and time spent on math and language arts achievement.
MORE WAYS TO EARN COLLEGE CREDIT:
This year high school students have three ways to earn college credits while still in high school.
- Concurrent enrollment at Pikes Peak Community College - This year high school students have three ways to earn college credits: 1. Concurrent Enrollment - Students in grades 9-12 who pass the Accuplacer can enroll in academic courses at Pikes Peak Community College and earn credits towards Associate in Science or Arts (AS or AA) degrees. These courses are fully transferrable to four-year colleges and universities nationwide.
- Area Vocation Program (AVP) – Seventeen different one- and two-year Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are available to high school juniors and seniors at Pikes Peak Community College—programs such as Automotive Service Technology, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, Multimedia Graphic Design, Health Career Exploration, Music Careers, Welding and Zookeeping. Student who earn an “A” or “B” in these classes also earn college credits towards Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in these fields. For more information about AVP go to http://ppcc.edu/high-school-students/area-vocational-programs.
- Advanced Placement – This year Pikes Peak Prep launches our Advanced Placement (AP) program. AP is the most recognized program of advanced academic courses for high school students nationwide. Students who take AP classes earn weighted high school grades, challenge national end-of-course exams which can earn them college credits, and gain valuable academic and organizational skills that prepare them for the rigors of college. We are also adopting AP strategies for success school wide.
Expanding our Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) focus, we are excited to add the Project Lead The Way™ (PLTW) middle school engineering curriculum to our already existing high school Pathway to Engineering program. Sixth grade will study “Green Architecture” and “Energy and the Environment” while 9th grade students take “Introduction to Engineering Design.” We are proud to continue our partnership with PLTW, which is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM programs for middle and high schools across the United States.
EXPANDING ATHLETIC COMPETITION:
Pikes Peak Prep has applied to join the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), the official state organization for high school sports and activities. Beginning with boys and girls basketball, we will go through a one-year trial period in which our teams will play scrimmage games against other CHSAA schools and our programs will be evaluated by CHSAA officials, leading to possible full membership in CHSAA next year.
Our commitment to every student’s academic success and happiness at school is stronger than ever. We also know that positive partnerships between students, teachers and parents are vital to that success. On behalf of the Board of Directors, GEO Foundation and the entire staff, I welcome you and thank you again for choosing to enroll or reenroll at Pikes Peak Prep.
Soaring Eagles Rule!