e³ Civic High fosters a culture of success by:
- Creating a college-going expectation with a college-bound curriculum and opportunities for enrollment at the nearby community college
- Fostering internships and hands-on learning experiences that capitalize on the school’s proximity to the downtown business, social, and civic community
- Structuring the design of the school to provide deep support for all levels of learners in a small classroom environment with a target student-teacher ratio of 28:1
- Providing an adaptable learning environment, such as a flexible school day which allows for internships, mentorships, job shadowing and other creative student-led learning experiences.
- Focusing on 21st Century literacy, including traditional literacy (math, reading and writing literacy), but also digital literacy (using the internet and computer with knowledge and wisdom), social literacy (learning within the context of the community and honoring the culture of the students) and second language literacy.
e³ Civic High’s design incorporates the fabric of downtown by:
- Embracing the unique location in the region’s civic and economic heart.
- Using downtown as a classroom.
- Introducing the importance and experience of an urban core into the learning.
e³ Civic High engages students as future leaders in our businesses and community by incorporating the following themes throughout the school day:
- Community partnership and civic engagement
- Critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and dialogue
- Creativity and innovation
- Careers of the future and workplace ethics
e³ Civic High encourages teachers, parents, and community members as partners in learning:
- Supporting teachers’ professional development, collaboration, evaluation and effective teaching techniques that address preparing more students for college and career success
- Creating meaningful opportunities for parent involvement
- Working with community and business partners in developing real world learning activities.
- Authentic Curriculum
- High Standards for All
Five Student Learning Expectations
- Literacy and Communication
- Creativity and Innovation
- College and Career Readiness
- Civic Engagement
- Global Engagement
Local stakeholders, leaders, and educators with a wide range of business and education expertise provided input into the charter school’s design to develop these key components:
- Challenge and project-based learning
- College-going expectation
- Internships and hands-on learning
- Small classroom environment
- Flexible school day and Blended Learning
- 21st Century literacy