Culture & Climate
At Capitol Collegiate Academy we believe in building a highly disciplined environment. We proudly use the techniques set forth in Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion 2.0 to create the most disciplined environment possible in all of our classrooms. In addition to strong execution of challenging curricula, we support students to be successful in our culture and climate in three ways.
Developing, teaching, and reinforcing clear, consistent systems and routines.
Maintaining high behavioral expectations.
Building character and trust.
Just as we teach our students rigorous academic content, we also explicitly teach character values through a rich character education program. Our goals for and approaches to social emotional learning are grounded in research done by The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nation's leading organization advancing the development of academic, social, and emotional competence for all children. We explicitly teach character education in the context of five key behavioral competencies.
- Growth Mindset: Students develop and demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals, by seeing effort as necessary for success and persisting in the face of setbacks.
- Conflict Management: Students develop and demonstrate an age appropriate problem solving framework.
- Self-Efficacy: Students develop and demonstrate sense of self to understand personal, linguistic, and cultural assets, as well as strengths and challenges.
- Social Awareness: Students develop and demonstrate skills to regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations, managing stress, and motivating oneself.
- Self-Management: Students develop understanding of others by showing and feeling empathy to establish and maintain positive relationships.
We believe that with academic instruction and core content must also come enrichment. Enrichment comes in many forms at Capitol Collegiate include visual arts, performing arts, physical education, academic projects, and field trips. Our master schedule includes a 30-minute Enrichment block built into every day, as well as a PE block several times per week. Each grade-level performs one professionally choreographed and directed play each year and our entire school participates in the annual Winter Spectacular. We also feel that field trips are incredibly important. Each scholar attends 3 field trips per year including a college field trip each March during College Week. By the time a student graduates from 8th grade at CCA, they will have visited and toured 9 different college campuses.
Spirit & Joy
At Capitol Collegiate, student achievement comes first; however, we believe that joy and school spirit are also very important components of a thriving educational environment. Throughout the year our scholars work really hard and demonstrate tremendous determination. We like to take time throughout the year to pause, reflect, and celebrate their hard work, perseverance, and academic achievements. Examples of our celebrations include Pep Rallies, Door Decorating Contests, Ice Cream Socials, Free Dress Days, Spirit Week, Field Day and our annual post-SBAC Carnival.