CAST Charter School will provide a college prep curriculum with an international focus. In practice, this means that all students will take a sequence of rigorous core courses in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, and in addition become multilingual learners. Arts and Arts focused technology will be integrated into core curriculum.
CAST is developing strong supports for students coming from underserved, unstable audiences providing them with path to successfully accessing the curriculum through personalized scaffolding and focused instructions.
SCHOOL DESIGN ELEMENTS
A DAY AT CAST
English Language Arts
We always start class with a 5-minute grammar lesson. You study original poem and analyze its context within the historic period it was written, dig into social and geographical connection of the poem and its author, cross check influences. Write a composition on ideas in the poem in relation to your own life.
As you are in an international school you will have fun to learn foreign languages and cultures selecting two foreign languages. If you speak Spanish at home you can take Spanish and opt for another language like Polish or Mandarin. You will have a chance to connect for chat with your peers from other countries over the internet.
Physical Education. We take advantage of a big gym. Doing gymnastics, fencing, stretching, and playing games. Or taking a Music class with learning notes writing, from music history learning about famous composers, come up with your own mini composition and playing it on the keyboard or your favorite instrument.
Art Lessons. Or taking Art class with learning pencil drawing, recognizing graduation of tones from light gray to black, doing quick sketches of still nature composition or in good weather going out to draw Philips Manor building and learning its significant role in Yonkers history.
Film Class. Another option is participating in film class where you can learn what is involved in directing a movie or become a cameraman with hands-on exercises and in connection with Westchester Community College Film Club.
Possible quick meeting with peers to discuss student’s government issue,
meet your teacher, interest group or club members.
Enrichment period to receive individual support for speed reading or refine composition skills.
United States History
You spend time looking at historical documents of the Civil War, searching on the internet, and understanding history through primary sources. You will be looking for answers Why, Who, and with What result? Plug in your critical thinking in the assessment of this historical event.
Math class always starts with a recap, to check retention from previous material. Then you dive into resolving a new calculus problem. In the end, have fun with math tricks or numerology. Always remember to write out the limits! Class is ending with a mini quiz to allow for assessment in material absorption.
During Science class, you analyze gravity theory and relation among planets in the Solar system, translated to gravity formula. For double period, you might be excited with a visit to Planetarium at Hudson River Museum or to Science Barge at Hudson River to discover details of a hydroponic plantation.
Scaffolding, SPED, Peer support, Enrichment in languages, Research, Talent development for advance students
After School Activities
These activities will include extra peers support, additional scaffolding activities, and specialized extracurricular workshops as Dance Studio, Film Club, Music and Orchestra studios, sport clubs.
This is a sample schedule and is only a portrayal of a suggested standard day in our program.