May 21, 2018

Basics and Risks of Summer Learning Loss

In our last blog in this space, we discussed the vital importance of participating in summer programs for students on their long break. Today, we’re going to look at the flip side: Some of the risks that come with kids being fully uninvolved in learning programs of any kind for three months or longer in a row. At City Academy, we have a number of programs and tactics to help kids continue their learning even over the summer break from […]
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.  […]
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