The standards-based curriculum model developed by the Re-inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) is used by CCA. This model is aligned with the Illinois State Standards and enables teachers to design culturally relevant learning experiences that consider students’ backgrounds and interests. It also has utility for AEP goals, the teacher’s specializations, the campus culture, and state standards. The curriculum model helps to focus course content to strengthen students’ knowledge mastery, reasoning proficiency, performance, and their capacity to create products. This model also helps students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and socially responsible, productive adults capable of successfully pursuing either a career or continuing in the educational endeavors of their choice.
This standards-based instructional program allows CCA to measure proficiency in all areas of performance: English and language arts, mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, fine arts, and electives. A variety of electives are offered to stimulate, challenge and expose students to an array of disciplines. Students also engage in workshops such as anger management, conflict resolution, and pregnant and parenting teens. Advancement is based on the degree of knowledge accumulated to fill student’s educational gaps.
Graduation requirements are based on competency standards and are aligned with entrance requirements for postsecondary institutions. CCA requires 18 credits to graduate and is designed for retrieved dropout or frequent transfer students. Students must achieve proficiency in core subjects and other classes in their track including state requirements in Consumer Education, Driver’s Education, and a Constitution Exam.
Also, to be eligible to graduate, students must complete job and college applications (including writing essays); participate in college, career, and work tours; earn a minimum of three credits from CCA; read one book and complete a book report and memorize and recite two poems for each semester enrolled, take the ACT exam, be accepted into at least two colleges, and complete 80 hours of community service.