MCNC’s Middle and Early College High Schools and dual enrollment programs engage students in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, promoting active intellectual inquiry. We expect that with appropriate supports all students will have successfully completed a substantial number of college classes by high school graduation. As students move towards college readiness, developing literacy, numeracy, and 21st Century skills is a priority. MCNC and it’s affiliated schools promote:
- High expectations and standards for all students which are established and publicized in an educational plan developed collaboratively by high school and college faculty.
- Curricula, projects and assessments emphasize student-centered intellectual inquiry.
- Students use technology and a variety of media to gather information and are expected to present their learning and make their work public.
- Small, heterogeneously grouped classes and class time which is adapted for in-depth exploration of topics and sustained learning.
- Scaffolded instruction and assignments providing structure, feedback and support in progressive stages so that all students achieve at higher levels and are helped to meet college expectations.
- Mixed-ability student groupings and classes enabling the academically “stronger” to help the less prepared.
- Adaptations meeting the needs of challenging learners.
- Assessment information used by the school, teachers, students and parents to measure student progress toward meeting standards of college readiness.
- Assessments informing school-based decisions regarding pedagogy, school structures and systems.