At CWCSL, we are committed to providing a challenging, experiential learning environment to develop students’ confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as true citizens of the world.
In addition to ensuring students excel on standardized tests, CWC is focused on an academic program that prizes critical thinking, creativity and community building. So at CWC, art, music, physical education and social-emotional development are core parts of the curriculum for all students.
CWC takes a balanced approach, complementing the creative, project based and constructivist instruction with detailed assessments of each child at the beginning of the year and at three additional times throughout the year. We know with precision how each child is performing and can provide additional phonics and math fact instruction if needed to ensure a strong foundation in core skills.
Low class size, a lead teacher and teacher’s assistant in every classroom, ongoing professional development, data analysis, and generous planning time are some of the key ingredients that make this model possible.
We believe that the diversity of our communities is not only our greatest strength, but that children who have the lived experience of diversity will be better equipped to be effective citizens of the 21st century, with a unique capacity to engage across the boundaries that have traditionally separated us. Through targeted outreach and recruitment, our schools are designed to reflect their surrounding communities in terms of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
CWC seeks first to build community among students as social emotional development is taught with the same rigor as mathematics. Students gain explicit skills in how to resolve conflicts, manage emotions and have empathy.
On a parallel track, CWC considers parents to be essential partners in education and critical to students’ academic success, to long-term educational reform, and to the health of our communities overall. We believe it’s our responsibility to partner with all families, regardless of economic standing or cultural background, by providing opportunities for their meaningful involvement, from volunteering in the classrooms, to attending performances and education workshops, or helping with beautification, among many others. Parents are, in fact, the co-creators of CWC schools. Working alongside CWC Schools’ leaders, parents have volunteered countless hours toward recruitment, community outreach and school development.