Academic Program Overview
The college prep program at Livermore Valley Charter Prep (LVCP) is designed around the philosophy that each student will be more engaged if they are driven by their own interests and curiosity. As such, LVCP seeks to differentiate learning to accommodate the individual interests of each student. LVCP follows the state standards in each curricular area. Students must pass all college prep courses with a C- grade or better to complete the A-G University of California and Cal State University pre-requisites and to fulfill the graduation requirements for LVCP.
The curriculum is presented to the students in a variety of ways including the following:
Technology: Technology is woven seamlessly into the curriculum as every student is given a netbook. Students are expected to use current web tools including wikis, blogs, podcasts, mashups, the use of collaborative web based documents, and more as part of their daily academic work. These tools allow students to reach beyond their classroom and interact and collaborate with others around the world generating enormous shared knowledge.
Project Based Learning: Project Based Learning (PBL) requires the use of multiple tools like reading, writing, math, research, presentation and more to answer a question, solve a problem, create a work of art, etc. to respond to a complex question posed by the teacher. PBL is driven by student inquiry and group work and often extends into multiple subject areas thus representing real-life work situations. Projects often conclude with a student's 'Presentation of Learning" to parents, teachers, and peers, in exhibits, in works of art, and more.
Traditional Methodology: Students will also learn from traditional methodologies like lecture, note taking, and written exams to ensure college readiness. Research and writing abilities are key to all studies at LVCP.
Mid Level College and Advanced Placement Courses: Students at LVCP have the opportunity to take traditional college level Advanced Placement courses and to pass the Advanced Placement exam, which will determine whether or not college level credits will be awarded. It is up to the university the student decides to attend whether or not the credits will be awarded. At LVCP, credit for the course will be given if the student meets the grade requirement of a C or better. LVCP students also have the opportunity to participate in our Mid-Level College Program where local Community College adjuncts teach on the LVCP campus. These courses are college level and students will receive dual credit at LVCP and the Community College.
College/Career Connections: Through out high school, LVCP students will participate in Career Days, Job Skills training like interview techniques, resume writing, conducting informational interviews, and they will all complete their Senior Seminar course including 50 hours of work in the community on a project of their choice. The culmination of college/career readiness requires a presentation to faculty, parents, friends, and community members about what the student learned as they investigated their query as well as a portfolio documenting their year of study, and an exhibit piece of some kind. Students will graduate from LVCP with a written professional resume, a college resume, a digital portfolio, and their Senior Seminar presentation exhibit. All students self select their academic Pathway at the beginning of their Junior year. This drives all student choice on projects and allows for individualizing each student's education even further. Please see the Pathway tab under Academics on this website for more information.
Service Learning: Service Learning is a form of Project Based Learning, however, it is driven by student inquiry and is experiential in its design. Service learning requires students to identify an issue in their community, research the situation, pose a solution, correct the situation, and then reflect upon their work as it relates to their classroom learning. Service Learning is civic minded and teaches civic responsibility. All 9-11th graders must also complete 150 traditonal hours of community service. Including the Senior Seminar required hours, the total number of hours is 200.