The Academic Leadership Learning Community School for Advanced Studies
About the Learning Program
The ALC Vision
The Academic Leadership Community (ALC) believes that a healthy intersection of rigorous academics, leadership opportunities and a nurturing community will empower our students to reach their academic and professional potential. Thus, we declare our vision and purpose to be:
Providing a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and encouraging lifelong learning,
- cultivating each student’s unique leadership identity,
- and fostering a community that includes students, staff, families and community partners united to encourage students.
The ALC pursues excellence in:
Our instruction in all disciplines is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and culturally and linguistically relevant. Classes are rigorous as to prepare all students for college level academics in the English language, mathematics, the sciences, technology, personal and global health, and foreign language. All students are included in our college preparatory curriculum and are encouraged to take honors and advanced placement courses when appropriate. Students are taught to take ownership of their education, analyze personal data, and use logical, high-level thinking to question and make connections between various areas of study and their lives, communities, and the world.
Specific methods of note-taking, text analysis, inquiry, writing, organization and lesson design are used across all disciplines. Students are taught to express themselves in discussion using Socratic methods and to collaborate and explore. Instruction promotes precise and creative expression, and students learn to structure an argument and express a sound and critical grasp of ideas. The evaluation of learning is based on clear rubrics, authentic and portfolio assessment, state assessments, the high school exit exam, and college entrance tests. At each grade level students prepare an interdisciplinary portfolio and presentation to demonstrate mastery and internalization of curricula. Seniors will prepare a thesis project and present to a panel of teachers, staff, family, peers and community members upon graduation.
The ALC is committed to working with all students and helping them foster their unique leadership qualities. Students are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the school community and to advocate for themselves and their peers. Students develop and pursue personal, academic goals and envision themselves as learners working to become academically prepared for college. Each student is an important part of our community and is expected to support the learning goals of their peers.
Students are nurtured and challenged to discover their individual strengths and to overcome areas of personal challenge. Each student’s identity as a competent, lifelong learner and agent of positive change is promoted.
The ALC recruits faculty and staff that are supportive of its vision and goals. Staff members are well trained in their fields and are committed to excellence, continued study and leadership. Faculty and staff envision themselves as co-learners with students, and as such respect student ideas and abilities and work to empower students to realize their greatest potential. Staff members are available and approachable; and students are able to trust that all who work on behalf of the ALC do so with students’ interests at heart.
A hospitable learning environment is diligently pursued. All stakeholders — including students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members — collaborate and share responsibility for the formation of an academic community based on mutual respect, friendship, communication and a shared commitment to the vision of the community. The ALC fosters relationships with professionals and community groups that want to be a part of our community and share their expertise in various fields. Parents are welcomed on campus as partners to ensure student success. We believe that fostering positive links between home, school and community will enable student success.
As a result: We measure our success by the lives of our alumni. If our students are able to continue their education after high school, pursue careers in harmony with their strengths and desires, exhibit community leadership, and experience general satisfaction in life, then the ALC has fulfilled this vision.