D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy will offer students a rigorous, comprehensive education plan that will include five instructional-based practices: Throughout the year, lessons will be connected within a series of school-wide themes based in STEAM (Science, Tehnology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) integration.
Through the implementation of STAE, Virgo’s goals for students will be:
- Increase college admission rates of underserved students.
- Increase post-middle school enrollment in higher-learning high school opportunities (early colleges and inquiry- based programs).
- Prepare students for post-secondary education academic requirements.
- Empower students to become better equipped learners and increase their overall academic confidence.
Students will have the opportunity to discover, explore and research the many areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Virgo’s STEAM program will help students:
- Understand the interconnectedness of concepts, skills and tools.
- Engage in rigorous, content-rich discovery and real world applications.
- Research and explore careers in the STEAM areas.
- Embrace technology as a necessary tool for concepts and careers.
- Develop and enhance communication and collaboration skills.
The NHCS AIG Plan will be utilized at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. The gifted education plan will:
- Enrich, extend and accelerate the curriculum to address the range of student ability levels.
- Cultivate and develop student potential through purposeful and intentional strategies and differentiated curriculum and instruction.
In order to achieve educational success, a strong guidance and character component will be part of the education plan. The school character practices will include:
- School-wide initiatives, small group support and individual counseling.
- Emphasis on Character Education through school climate protocol and expectations, skill development opportunities, mentoring, and community service.
The character education practices will be implemented and supported throughout the school year through literacy, problem-based learning, flexible student schedules and service learning opportunities. The character education plan will revolve around the school pledge and the five components of character education: Pride, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence (PRIDE).