OUR EDUCATIONAL MODEL

Cypress College Prep builds on the 19 years of success AJ Tutorinstudents have experienced through high-quality individualized and small group support. CCP is working closely with WASC to expand AJ Tutoring's WASC accredited and UC A-G approved partnership with High Bluff Academy. 

 

CCP supports and develops students' skills by providing:

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Students have access to a daily morning course to help them jump start their day, practice mindfulness, set personal goals, and connect with their peers and mentor.

  • Small weekly classes with CASEL-based curriculum and school-wide norms to develop social and emotional skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making).

  • Small weekly classes to develop study habits and skills

  • Weekly one to one mentoring meetings with CCP staff

  • After school homework hubs to collaborate academically and engage with peers

  • Mental health focus

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

A healthy mind needs a healthy body.

  • High quality, nutritious snacks and meals available throughout the day

    • Organic, minimally-processed foods with vegetarian and vegan options

    • Composting materials and food systems in place

  • Physical education with weekly options of yoga classes and local hiking trips

  • Environmental science focus - we help our students gain an understanding of crucial environmental science concerns and pursue leadership to promote a healthy world

FAMILY COMMUNICATION AND INVOLVEMENT

We believe in connecting and communicating regularly with families to ensure they are involved in their student’s success.

  • Families are involved in developing a learning plan that best fits their student

  • Families have direct contact with their mentor and receive weekly updates on their student’s academic, social, and emotional progress

  • Families are invited to mid-semester success check-ins with their student’s learning team

  • Families have real-time access to their student’s academic progress

  • Families have access to a clear and transparent grading system through standards-based rubrics to monitor their student’s progress

  • We actively build community with our families: Families are invited to join our outdoor hiking activities and monthly family community events

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CUSTOMIZATION

We understand that students learn best in smaller groups, and each student has different academic, social, and emotional needs.

  • Small learning environment (6 students maximum) per course

  • One to one options (online or in-person)

  • Hybrid options (some one to one, with some small courses)

  • After school homework hubs to collaborate with peers and general tutor support 

  • Accommodations for IEPs (mild to moderate) and 504s

  • Extracurriculars and student clubs based on students’ interests

  • Annual service learning hours and culminating senior capstone project

COLLEGE-GOING SUPPORT

Students receive ongoing college support and have options to further challenge themselves.

  • Courses expanding from AJ Tutoring's high school for-credit program.

  • 3-year high school accelerated plan to go to college (for advanced students, must be pre-approved by CCP advisor)

  • College concurrent enrollment options to advance and earn college credit, with tutoring support (for advanced students, must be pre-approved by CCP advisor)

  • Annual meeting with a college advisor

  • Teachers host additional weekly office hours after school during homework hub time (just like college)

  • College test prep tutoring options (SAT, ACT, AP) designed by AJ Tutoring experts

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MASTERY AND STANDARDS-BASED LEARNING

We believe learning should be a focused and transparent process where students and families can clearly see what content and skills students need to master.

  • Students’ class work, projects, and assessments are graded and assessed using standards-based rubrics so that students, teachers, mentors, and families can all understand why they received that score. This takes the guesswork out of traditional grades.

  • Learning and mastery is a process and doesn’t happen overnight. Students work over time to achieve mastery. If a student is struggling, the student’s success team can pinpoint what's needed for mastery: recommendations for focused study at home, participation in the homework hub, or pursuing additional tutoring to work towards mastering the standard.

  • Students must master a unit with a C or above before moving on. Grades are on an A,B,C,F scale, as colleges will not accept Ds as passing.

  • Our standards-based approach, along with developing students’ study and SEL skills, prepares students to gain confidence and take ownership of their learning.

QUALIFIED TEACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF

Our teaching and support staff are experienced, well trained, and motivated to see your student succeed.

  • All teachers have their teaching credential and/or a master’s degree in the content they teach (similar to the requirement for college adjunct faculty)

  • All teachers and staff complete rigorous onboarding training, ongoing professional development, and regular instructional coaching to support quality teaching across all learning differences

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NEXT STEPS

 Ready to jump in and learn more?

  • 1:1 virtual consultation meeting

  • Reach out to us to learn more about how we can support your student

  • Ready? Apply now!