Christina School District KN 2020-2021 Application
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Special Programs Information
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:
Dual Language Immersion – Chinese – at Downes Elementary School (Available for Kindergarten and possible limited seating for 1st Grade students only)
The Christina School District offers a dual language immersion program in Chinese at Downes Elementary School. Students receive instruction for half the day in English for reading, language arts and for support in mathematics, science and social studies. During the other half of the day, students receive instruction in Chinese in Chinese Language, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students continue to be taught in a similar fashion receiving instruction in Chinese for half the day and English for the other half through 5th grade. More than forty years of research documents the power of immersion education to help students attain high levels of world language proficiency. Applications are open to all students entering kindergarten only, with limited capacity available. Parents who feel that their child might have significant communication delays in their first language should seriously weigh the pros and cons of applying to an immersion program. Parents interested in the Chinese Immersion program should contact Downes Elementary School directly with questions. When applying for the program, please be sure to select “Chinese Immersion Kindergarten” from the drop down when selecting Downes Elementary as your school educational option.
Montessori Academy at Christina (MAC) – at Bancroft School (Available for 1st and 2nd grade students only)
“Montessori” is a term that has many layers: A method, a philosophy, and a set of materials, Montessori is a form of education that can suit any learner. Here are a few reasons why you should choose a Montessori education for your child: Multi-age classrooms allow children to learn from each other and practice what they are learning in an authentic way. The Montessori Method has several tenets that speak to the needs of children as they grow, and learn a main one being the importance of multi-aged classrooms. These classrooms allow younger children to learn from older classmates and older children to firm up their knowledge by guiding, and therefore practicing with younger, less capable ones.
Montessori classrooms enable independent learners. The Montessori Method seeks to guide children to independence. Activities, lessons, materials, and experiences in the classroom all lead children to be able to “do it myself.”
The importance of hands-on learning originated in Montessori classrooms. The Montessori Method recognizes the importance of the senses in learning. Hands-on lessons allow children to build a conceptual base kinesthetically; as Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
Montessori students learn organizational skills that help them throughout their education and life. The concrete Montessori Materials are designed to help children develop coordination, order, and control. Lessons are designed to help them internalize a complete cycle of work: students get out a material or activity, carry it to a self-chosen work place, complete the work in the way it was presented, record the results, and return the work to its place of origin in the classroom. Students internalize this cycle which prepares them for completing all the tasks and work that lie ahead in life from science fair projects to household chores.
All applicants (regardless of feeder school) are required to submit a 2020-2021 Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE) for these programs. In addition to the Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE), parents interested in these programs are required to submit the selected programs’ application to the school. Please contact the individual school to obtain the program application.
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Middle Honors Academy at Christiana Campus
The Middle School Honors Academy at Christiana Campus will serve grades 6-8 who have demonstrated a high degree of commitment to academic and extra-curricular activities. The academy will continue during the 2020-2021 school year with grades 6 through 8. Our program offers selected middle school students the opportunity to become academically accomplished, confident, and well–rounded. Selected students will be educated using a rigorous curriculum focused on developing core knowledge and critical thinking and reasoning skills. This will be accomplished by providing each student with a smaller learning community that builds confidence and knowledge which will enhance their individual middle school experience. Students will participate in honors level core subjects (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies). In addition, each student will take a performing arts course and will have access to a variety of elective courses.
All applicants (regardless of feeder school) are required to submit a 2020-2021 Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE) for this program. 2020-2021 applications are being accepted for Grades 6 through 8.
In addition to the Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE), students interested in this program are required to submit a Christina Middle School Honors Academy Application, which is available online at www.christinak12.org/MSHA. Please send the Honors Academy application to:
Christiana Middle School Honors Academy
Attn.: Andrew Beadenkopf
Christiana High School
190 Salem Church Road
Newark, DE 19713
Cambridge Program at Shue, Kirk, Gauger and Bayard Schools
At the middle school level, each of Christina's four middle schools will offer an advanced academic curriculum based on the Cambridge Secondary I Program in English, Global Perspectives (Social Studies), and Science, as well as advanced mathematics courses that allow 7th and 8th grade students to earn high school credits. The Cambridge Program is part of a global learning community of 10,000 schools that also offers opportunities to link with other schools around the world. The new middle school Cambridge curriculum will prepare students for any of the academically advanced programs offered at all three Christina high schools.
For students who do not reside in the feeder pattern of the schools offering these programs, a Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE) Application must be submitted. In addition, the student must complete the selected programs’ entrance application (submit to the school offering the program). Please contact the individual middle school for their entrance application.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Christiana High School High School - Honors/Dual Enrollment Academy
The Honors/Dual Enrollment Academy at Christiana High School in partnership with Wilmington University offers a unique program for accelerated students interested in pursuing an academically rigorous curriculum. The Academy framework allows students to pursue advanced course offerings designed to provide a competitive edge when applying for colleges and post-secondary scholarships. Students engaged in the academic structure of the Honors/Dual Enrollment Academy will challenge themselves by becoming involved in various academic arenas such as leadership, global stewardship, AP coursework, early college preparation and early college enrollment. Upon graduation from high school, participants will have had the opportunity to earn more than 24 college credits through Advanced Placement courses and Dual Enrollment opportunities.
Christiana High School features the School of Agricultural Sciences, and School of Health Sciences. The School of Agricultural Sciences allows students to choose programming in Animal Sciences and Management, Agricultural Power and Engineering, Food Sciences, Plant Sciences, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. These programs allow students to learn career and technical information, participate in dual enrollment opportunities, participate in work based learning experiences, and potentially earn industry certifications.
The newest program of study at Christiana High School is the School of Health Sciences. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine have the opportunity to learn career and technical programming in Allied Health, Public and Community Health, and Nursing Assistant. These programs offer students dual enrollment and work based learning opportunities, and the potential to earn industry certification.
Glasgow High School - The Early College Leadershop Program (ECLA)
Glasgow High School offers The Early College Leadership Academy (ECLA) for those students who are looking to challenge themselves by participating in a rigorous academic program. In partnership with Wilmington University, students are able to earn up to 28 college credits by the time they graduate from Glasgow High School. These credits may be transferable to a college or university of their choice. The ECLA will not only challenge students academically, but also develop his/her leadership skills as well. Each student in the Academy will be required to participate in 20 hours of leadership service.
Glasgow High School features the School of Business and Humanities that offers programming in Business Finance, Marketing, Business Information and Management, and the K-12 Teacher Academy. Other programming includes the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. These programs offer students the opportunity to learn career and technical programming, participate in dual enrollment opportunities, participate in work based learning experiences and potentially earn industry certification.
Newark High School
The Cambridge Program at Newark High School offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad study for academically able students in grades 9 and 10. The program is administered through the University of Cambridge, a world-renowned university in Cambridge, England. Newark High School is the first and only high school in the state to offer the Cambridge Program. The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity, and the application of knowledge and skills. A range of assessment techniques is used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and on compulsory practical work where appropriate.
Newark High School has been identified as the District’s School of Arts and Innovation. Students who participate in this unique program of study focus on visual and/or performing arts in combination with the rigorous academic curriculum. Students selected to participate in the program will have the opportunity to enhance their core curriculum with a variety of visual and performing arts classes and special events just for School of Arts members. Events showcasing students' many accomplishments in the Visual and Performing Arts program will be scheduled in this space and in other venues at Newark High School. The School of Innovation will feature programming in Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics, and Digital Communication Technology.
For students who do not reside in the feeder pattern of the schools offering these programs, a Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options (CHOICE) Application must be submitted. In addition, the student must complete the selected programs’ entrance application (submit to the school offering the program). Entrance applications are available online at www.christinak12.org. Please go to each individual high school’s website to obtain.