WHO IS THIS SCHOOL FOR?
Students who exhibit one or more of the following:
- are independent learners
- like to move at their own pace
- find the structure of a regular classroom limiting or struggle with this structure
- can take responsibility for their own learning by meeting core standards within their projects
- would like a more personalized learning environment
How do I know if I am a good fit for Cirrus?
The best thing you can do is set up a time to come visit Cirrus. You can come in during the school day to talk with current students/advisors and see what a day would be like. This can be a quick visit or you can plan to stay all day. Potential students, parents, or anyone interested in learning more about Cirrus is welcome to come visit.
- Flexibility for students to explore their own interests while meeting high school requirements
- Learning opportunities across subject areas
- Experiences through local and global partnerships
- More one-on-one time with teachers
- Cutting edge technology at their fingertips
What is expected of students at Cirrus?
Students will be expected to:
- manage their time
- set high standards for themselves
- collaborate with peers, teachers, and community members
- work independently
- be passion driven
- embrace the learning process
- take responsibility for their future
What is a day at Cirrus like?
In the morning after attendance is taken, advisors and students review the calendar for the day and go through announcements. Each day students also meet for advisory in either a whole school or small group setting. Advisory generally focuses on fostering a community culture, skill-building, and reviewing personal learning plans.
In Cirrus High School students do not follow a bell schedule or switch classes. Students have extended time frames to work on learner-based projects that meet state and national standards. During the day, students work individually, collaboratively, and with advisors or other community members on projects and math.
School advisors use technology to help monitor academic progress and the achievement of academic standards through the use of an online program called Project Foundry. This online product allows the alignment of learning standards to the variety of teaching and learning techniques used in a student-directed project-based school. At the end of the projects, standards are validated and reported. Project Foundry streamlines the heretofore laborious process of identifying the required or supplementary learning standards accomplished through student projects, thereby providing more time for teacher-student interaction in the learning and discovery process.
Since math is a difficult subject to learn, especially higher level math, in a PBL environment, Cirrus utilizes an online program to teach math called ALEKS. ALEKS is a collection of online courses that uses an artificial intelligence engine to assess each student individually and continuously. ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions and instead uses flexible and easy-to-use answer input tools that mimic what would be done with paper and pencil.