Our Phase Level Expectations are divided into six categories, one for each of the five Learning Goals and a general category. Those categories are then broken down into several skills. While the skills are the same across all phase levels, the way in which the students demonstrate their proficiency in those skills changes based on what phase they’re in. The Phase II expectations are below.
- Working with Mentors: With the assistance of the school, students shall complete 150 hours shadowing professionals on the job or completing internships.
- Completing Interest-Based Projects: In this exploratory phase, students shall complete at least four projects that reach the application level on the depth of understanding chart.
- Serving the Community: Students shall complete 75 hours of community service.
- Learning through Service: Students shall complete three self-directed service-learning projects, which involves selecting and learning about a problem facing the local, national, or global community and then conducting some kind of community service to address it.
- Developing a Work Ethic: Receiving a minimal level of input from their advisors, the students’ sense of self-initiative helps them complete at least 75% of the tasks assigned to them or by them.
- College & Work Prep: Students shall complete a 3-page essay detailing their plans for after high school; in addition, students shall research and present their findings on at least three different colleges that might interest them (regardless of their plans after high school).
- Reading Skills: Demonstrate ability to analyze high-quality and increasingly challenging literary and informational texts
- Writing Skills: Demonstrate ability to clearly communicate a complex idea and narrative using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured analysis and events.
- Speaking & Listening Skills: Demonstrate ability to analyze a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric
- Technological Skills: Demonstrate an examination of how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors
- Creative Expression Skills: Demonstrate basic ability to convey artistic intent from creator to viewer or listener in at least two different art forms
Empirical Reasoning Expectations
- Creating Original Questions: Demonstrate ability to ask closed- and open-ended questions and to rephrase one as the other
- Research Skills: Demonstrate ability to distinguish among facts and provide reasoned judgment based on research findings and speculation in a text
- Formulating an Hypothesis: Demonstrate ability to develop formal hypotheses using “if…then” statements
- Designing Experiments: Demonstrate ability to design a controlled experiment and present an justifiable idea about what they think might happen during the experiment
- Collecting Data: Demonstrate ability to use scientific tools appropriately and accurately
- Analyzing Data: Demonstrate ability to recognize that different explanations can sometimes arise from the same evidence
- Questioning Your Conclusions: Demonstrate ability to explain the limitation for a generalized finding based on your conclusion.
- Communicating Experimental Results: Demonstrate ability to determine an appropriate representation to present findings accurately, including selecting an appropriate scale, using clearly labeled keys and symbols, and using correct scientific terminology to label representations.
Personal Qualities Expectations
- Ability to Reflect on Your Skills as a Learner: Demonstrate a committment to reflection even in the face of competing pressures
- Possession of a sense of Empathy: Demonstrate ability to make yourself vulnerable and open – truly open – to those you engage with
- Possession of a sense of Responsibility: Demonstrate ability to influence and guide others in a responsible manner
- Possession of a sense of Honesty: Demonstrate ability make morally upright decisions
- Possession of a sense of Perseverance: Demonstrate an understanding of how others have achieved far-off goals that were life changing, including an in-depth understanding of how they managed to overcome the obstacles that stood in their way.
- Productivity Skills: Demonstrate ability to multi-task sucessfully, even in the face of competing pressures
- Leadership Skills: Demonstrate ability to influence and guide others in a responsible manner
- Cooperation Skills: Demonstrate ability to work effectively with people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds
Quantitative Reasoning Expectations
- Algebraic manipulation of mathematical symbols: Demonstrate ability to understand and apply order of operations, exponents, linear equations, and proportional reasoning
- Using numbers to evaluate hypotheses: Demonstrate ability to incorporate dependent and independent variables that are quantifiable into your experimental designs, including the ability to explain how you used numbers to insure the validity and fideltity of your experiment.
- Measuring shapes and quantities: Demonstrate an understanding of metric and standard (US) systems of measurement, including liquid volume measurements (cups, ounces, pints, etc.); also, document instances of using your knowledge of perimeter, area, surface area, and volume to solve a real world problem.
- Spotting and reporting on trends: Demonstrate an understanding of data collection by incorporating concepts into a project(s) for the purpose of spoting trends and reporting on them.
- Showing correlations: Demonstrate an understanding of scatter plots and positve and negative correlations within a set of data for the purpose of solving a real world problem.
- Representing patterns using formulas: Demonstrate an ability to use formulas to make proportional conversions, identify linear and non linear relationships and make conjectures about certain patterns
- Representing patterns using diagrams: Demonstrate the ability to use diagrams to represent real world mathematical situations
- Representing patterns using graphs: Demonstrate an understading of using graphs by selecting the most effective type of graph to use when presenting data that was collected as a part of a student interest project.
Social Reasoning Expectations
- Think Historically and Culturally: Demonstrate an understanding of how history and culture influence each other by interpreting an event or era of the past; be able to identify how local, state and national history and culture influence the present and the future.
- Look at Diverse Viewpoints: Demonstrate the ability to look at various viewpoints by documenting and analyzing several sides of a current or historical event or cultural debate.
- Research the History of Your Topic: Demonstrate the ability to research the progression of a topic through time (student should be able to explain how different people/events influenced the development of the topic. ).
- Analyze Social Systems: Demonstrate an understanding of (choose three): sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, or philosophy, and explain how the social system impacts your own life.
- Discuss Ethics: Demonstrate an understanding of basic methods of examining and evaluating multiple opinions and/or perspectives in terms of moral or immoral.
- Take Action in the Community: Reflect on service learning and/or community service to demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and relevance of taking action within a community.