Real World Learning

  • Our students learn how to think—not what to think.
  • Field Work – Instead of field trips, City Academy students do field work in the community. This means that classes do research and investigation around current, real-world issues and problems, like pollution, recycling, economic viability of proposed projects and more.
  • Current Issues – In the classroom, students and teachers take the time to examine, address, and debate issues from today’s news. Not surprisingly, City Academy students and graduates are often active and contributing members of the community.
  • Service Learning – As a part of graduation, every City Academy student completes a service-learning internship project. These projects typically involve local nonprofit organizations. A few of these have included Crossroads Urban Center, No More Homeless Pets, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and dozens of others.
  • Student Committees – Every student has the opportunity to participate with one of our schoolwide committees such as Tech Committee, Literary Committee, Event Committee, Student Council, Art and Promotion Committee, and more! Involvement on a committee includes additional real-world learning experiences beyond core academics. Also, committee participation provides opportunities to develop leadership skills and take leadership roles in preparation for next steps after high school.
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