Critical Academic Skills

Schoolwide Learner outcomes

The Four C's of Downtown High School

Downtown High School students will work collaboratively, think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute socially. These goals are the basis for the skills we have identified as most necessary to teach all students, our Critical Academic Skills (CAS), which drive our curriculum and our planning. DHS students will:

Work collaboratively

  1. Engage in team building activities that promote cooperation, understanding and respect.
  2. Participate in collaborative, curriculum-based, academic experiences such as partner work and working in groups of three or more, with designated roles.
  3. Complete ongoing and culminating group projects with individual roles and responsibilities that require consensus building and group problem solving.

Think Critically

  1. Create original work requiring analysis and evaluation of multiple sources including, but not limited to, text, data, and media.
  2. Solve problems that require the application of high school level math concepts to real world situations that are integrated with other subject areas.
  3. Utilize inquiry methods as a component of the scientific process and as a strategy to explore other subject areas.

Communicate effectively

  1. Engage in a creative process to produce work in the visual, media, performing, or literary arts.
  2. Produce analytical writing, including persuasive paragraphs and a five-paragraph, thesis-driven essay that utilizes a writing process to brainstorm, write, revise and edit.
  3. Prepare and deliver formal and informal oral presentations to peers and/or community members.

Contribute Socially

  1. Examine, analyze, and apply understanding of social justice issues.
  2. Engage productively and meaningfully in curriculum-based, community-oriented experiences, in class or in the field, that involve people or organizations from outside the school.
  3. Identify, articulate, and implement actions that can lead to positive personal and social change.