April 20, 2018

What are your students looking at?

That’s what a passer-by asks me as my seventh grade students worked at a site on State Street. Yes, it looks to that passer-by as if the students are looking at and taking notes about nothing:  an empty space, a hole in the ground for construction.  Yet these students are engaged in learning that is so distinctive of City Academy.  They were doing field work for their investigation into whether Liberty Sky, a proposed 300’ tower of luxury apartments, is […]
January 31, 2018

Minds On, Mouths On – Engaging Classroom Discussion for Learning

“I want to go back to Simon’s point.” Emma has been waiting patiently for several minutes.  She’s been leaning forward, eyes following the conversation, as these seventh grade students have kept their exchange going for much longer than we had expected, and with the intensity of thought that we do expect. “I want to go back to Simon’s point because I’ve changed my mind.” The 7th grade Utah Studies students are discussing an issue that at first impression might not […]
August 1, 2017

Why Foreign Language?

Many studies of test results – both state testing as well as the ACT and SAT – have shown that students who study a foreign language perform better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers.  Study of another language reinforces and improves a student’s understanding of English vocabulary and usage. Career opportunities are also enhanced with the study of foreign language. Today we live in a more globally connected society and economy where knowledge of other languages is increasingly necessary.  […]
June 1, 2017

Benefits of Public Charter Schools vs District Public Schools

A generation ago, a parent’s school choice for their child might have come down to a basic decision between the local public school and the pricy, often unaffordable local private school. Those days are gone.  There are now many public, tuition-free options that allow parents to find the schooling that will best help their child learn and grow. For parents looking at these public choices, City Academy is at the top of the list. We are the only college preparatory […]
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