At City Kids School, your child helps design their own ILP. Your child has a voice and in turn takes ownership over their education. They are excited to learn and accomplish the goals they have set for themselves.
Every child has their own unique personality and learning style.
As they grow they develop different interests and passions. There are no two children who are the same and at City Kids School no two children are taught the same.
Every child has their own Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Teachers work closely with your child to understand how they learn best. They cater to your child’s learning style so they can reach their fullest potential.
A Measure of Success
Setting Up Students for Success in the Real World
City Kids School sets specific standards that every child needs to achieve to graduate. What makes City Kids special is that our students don’t have to meet these standards at the exact same time. A ten-year-old student might be working on a math curriculum rivaling a traditional high school course while completing standards in language that represent a traditional elementary school curriculum. A small student/teacher ratio, in a mixed-aged classroom allows for students to be challenged and supported in every area of their development.
We follow each child’s progress through focused yearly assessments and the child’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The ILP is created with input from the student, family, and child’s teachers. This process allows each student to take ownership of their learning and the goals set for that year. Each ILP is constructed with specific state criteria, national research, and the child’s interests as a guide. Every child must accomplish specific standards to graduate. Our standards are high as we believe every child enrolled in City School can reach and rise above these standards if provided an environment that is engaging, joyful, challenging, and one that is connected and conducive to their learning style.
City Kids School learning standards were created through deep evaluation of state and independent school curriculums across the United States. They were guided by global studies presented within a chronological and geographic context. City Kids Elementary is a multidisciplinary project based school.
Through this work, students are introduced to multiple subjects presented in a connected format. One of the biggest obstacles that students face is connecting concepts from one class to another from year to year. There is no career in this world that is solely one subject. Learning must no longer happen in separation. Our curriculum allows for multidisciplinary learning.
Elementary Project Example
As students are introduced to this time period they might decide they want to build replicas of some of our first civilizations in Greece, Egypt, or Pakistan. They will explore the first known writing system and the introduction of art and music. Students will define what they know and what they want to know to develop their projects. As a school we will take a trip to The Getty Villa where we will visit the ancient world of Greece and Rome, or we will take a virtual field trip to Ancient Egypt where we will "walk around" the Sphinx, or climb inside the Great Pyramid of Giza and seek out the pharaoh's burial chamber.
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
We continue to use national assessments, evidence-based research, and the state standards to guide our curriculum development. In middle school our students are doing higher level, more involved project work. They are directly involved in our community and starting at age 12 (7th-9th grades) must be involved in community organizations and volunteer work as part of the ILP. Beginning in 4th grade students begin their global travel program. Students travel nationally for one to two weeks to explore our nation. In 10-12th grade a student’s year will include a month long international trip.
At City Kids, our priority is in creating involved global citizens by providing opportunities for students to develop skills and gain a deep understanding of the world they inhabit.
High School Graduation Requirements
Students must have completed all core classes at City School (including the minimum courses set forth by the state of CA) as well as their ILP and Graduation requirements that the student and City School agree upon.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Imagination Destination Challenge
Pre K - 12th Grade
Destination Imagination's purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning are offered. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage and curiosity. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve our Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, and build on their unique strengths.