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Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School (CASA)

Updated Oct 7, 2020
3441 Steenwick Avenue - Bronx NY - 10475
Type of autonomy arrangement: PROSE Agreement
Basic Profile

Opened In

2008

Grades

6th through 8th

Environment

Urban

Type

District
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
CASA has de jure authority via their PROSE school agreement in the areas of learning program, professional development, determining teacher workday, and setting school schedule. The teacher team has de facto autonomy in the other autonomy areas indicated.

About the Learning Program

Our school provides a holistic learning environment dedicated to developing 21st Century skills. Our curriculum focuses on intellectual, social, and emotional development. We encourage students to work collaboratively, think critically, solve problems, analyze and synthesize information, practice adaptability, be curious, and build communication skills. Our teachers use Socratic seminars, performance tasks, project-based learning, technology, and traditional methods of teaching. Teachers check for understanding multiple times during instruction, as well as at the end of a lesson. Projects and performance tasks allow students to transfer their skills into a product. Academic intervention services are provided in core subjects. The level of rigor allows our students to have success in high school, college, and beyond. We implement the multiple intelligences at our school where students have music, dance, entrepreneurship, computer science, art, drama and music production courses along with traditional course work.