The literature on academics indicates that the schools of today must be geared toward the principles of 21st century learning. Some of these principles include: creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, opportunities for collaboration in the acquisition of new knowledge, and using technology as a learning tool in various applications. To better facilitate this activity, we have designed and will soon be implementing the modification of our existing classrooms to be 21st century spaces.
Also unique to Chaminade-Madonna beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year is the daily rotational schedule of classes. Students meet each class every other day for an extended period of time. In the middle of the day is a 90-minute block where no classes meet but rather students are scheduled into a lunch period, a study period, and a period for standardized test preparation. This schedule assists the students in becoming efficient managers of their time while emphasizing thoroughness and depth of instruction as opposed to a more cursory treatment.
Curricula are organized utilizing a “backwards design” method which focuses on essential questions and understandings as opposed to the rote memorization of facts and/or concepts. Using this method enables teachers to be reflective practitioners and enables each department to make conscious decisions about content, course sequencing, and most important what types of assessment will be used to ascertain the students’ grasp of concepts.
The Academic program at Chaminade-Madonna is designed to challenge all students and expose them to a learning environment that will prepare them for their next level of study. Within its liberal arts curriculum, C-M offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses.
100% of our students graduate and are accepted to a postsecondary institution. 96% of these students go on to a college or university, and 4% continue their education in the U.S. Armed Forces, service-related academies (fire, police, etc.), or vocational schools.
Our students are accepted to schools and universities all around the country, including Dartmouth, MIT, Notre Dame, and University of Florida.