DETERMINING THE STARTING POINT
With a clear target in mind, we will turn to where the student’s readiness and instructional levels are currently.
Prior learning experiences will be reviewed to see what courses and learning experiences each student has already completed. This will inform, but not dictate our starting point for each student entering Carpe Diem.
Instructional level assessment
Each entering student will be given the NWEA-MAP assessment series including math, reading, language usage, and science to establish the instructional level of the student. This information will inform, but not dictate our starting point for each student entering Carpe Diem.
Creating the personal education plan
Based on information about long term life aspirations and current instructional level of each student, a long term personal education plan will be developed. This will be guided by the principal and informed by the faculty. Students will qualify to pursue one of three academies to meet their educational goals.
The Flight Academy is designed for students who have chosen a post-secondary pathway that leads directly to the work force. Students in this academy will be challenged to explore all the career options available upon graduation and their rigorous course of study is devoted to ensuring they will be successful in any career path.
The Soar Academy is designed for students who have chosen a post-secondary pathway that leads to a public four year or community college, military, and/or the career technical fields. Students in this academy will be challenged through a rigorous curriculum to completing high school with a diploma as well as a certification in their career field of interest.
The Falcon Academy is designed for students who have chosen a post-secondary pathway that leads to a public/private four year college and will graduate with the Ohio Honors Diploma. Students in this academy will be challenged with rigorous curriculum on campus and at other college
institutions throughout their high school years. Students in this academy should be prepared to participate in dual enrollment by at least their sophomore year of high school.
Special needs review
For students with disabilities, the individual education plan (IEP) will be reviewed as per legal requirements. Where applicable, the IEP will dictate specific course placements and procedures.
Carpe Diem is a personalized learning model using assessment and anecdotal information to target the unique instructional needs of each student. We are not “data-driven” but “student centric,” using this information to enable teachers to customize student learning experiences and, in turn, empower students to engage in demanding, but not overwhelming educational experiences.
We use various assessments to help determine student readiness and instructional level.
Please note: Carpe Diem students advance to the next grade level or graduate based on learning success, not seat time. This means a student can be promoted before the end of a year of school. It also means a student may not be promoted after a year if they have not successfully proven they have learned required material.
Assessment types include:
1. Placement/progress – These assessments occur before students are enrolled in courses. These are also used to adjust the personal education plan over time. The primary placement assessment is the (NWEA-MAP). The NWEA-MAP assessment is also used to determine student learning growth or progress over time.
2. Diagnostic/formative – These assessments occur during instruction. They are quizzes, homework, and other faculty created methods to determine the status of student progress. These assessments are for student, parent, and faculty use to make decisions about the instructional process
3. Summative – These assessments are used after instruction to determine whether or not the student has mastered the desired concepts, skills, and content. These assessments are used to determine course completion (including earning of credit), promotion, and graduation. Final skills assessments (FSAs), cumulative final examinations, ACT/SAT, Work Keys, industry credential
assessments, and state mandated standardized assessments are examples of summative assessments.
NWEA-MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are administered three times per year in math, reading, science, and language usage. The MAP assessment is a computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Carpe Diem educators with the information they need to improve teaching and
learning and to make student-focused, data-driven decisions.
Students will also take the state mandated Ohio State Tests and End of Course Exams. Please check the current school calendar for dates. Yearly testing is necessary to measure a student’s academic accomplishment. Please strive to have your student at school during all testing dates.
Personalized Education Experience Development
As students enter Carpe Diem Preparatory Academy, they will go through the following process to determine their customized educational experience. This entire process is managed by the Carpe Diem staff. Parents are encouraged to participate at key points.
Determining career and college plans
This process helps us set the long term aspirations of a student and, in turn, set an “educational target” for success that makes sense to the student and their parents.
Completing a career inventory
Each student will do an initial career interest inventory. This process will help the student begin to think about what they want to do as adults to create wealth for themselves, their families, and their communities. Career decisions are dynamic and will probably change over time. This initial process will be used to better understand each student’s current aspirations.
Establishing initial life aspirations and education requirements
Based on each student’s career aspiration, a target graduation date and a sense of the post-high school learning experiences will be used to establish target learning levels. In no case will the student’s goals be set at less than college and career ready levels. This target will also anticipate the desired year of graduation.