Blog

Why Are We Here? Introducing the Collegiate Academies Blog

Welcome to the Collegiate Academies blog, your one-stop shop for news, announcements, updates, and ideas from the Collegiate Academies community. Here, you’ll find stories about the milestones that are most meaningful to our scholars, from marching in Mardi Gras parades to walking across the graduation stage. You’ll learn about practices our teachers rely on to add joy to their classroom and help their scholars grow, and techniques our coaches use to help first year teachers improve. You’ll find creative work from our scholars, including poems, essays, and articles that display the range of their professional aspirations and academic pursuits. And you’ll learn more about the challenges that we are currently tackling, from developing high-quality special education programs that meet the needs of every student, to creating a new program to raise attendance rates. We plan to post once a week, and you can find our new posts on CA’s social media channels and in your email inbox.

Every morning, our scholars begin their day with a resounding Credo, a call-and-response chant that helps them prepare for the day ahead. Teachers shout, “Why Are You Here?” and our scholars respond in unison, “To Learn!” Like the daily Credo, this first blog post is our announcement to the world of our purpose and our passions. Every new project requires a clear purpose, and this is ours: through this blog, we will connect with you—our friends, our partners, and our families. We will take ownership of the stories happening on our campuses—the countless moments of joy and love between our students and teachers, our schools and our neighborhoods—and share them with the people who matter most. We will give a voice to the people who define the Collegiate Academies community, and we will display the full range of ideas, personalities, and expertise of our staff and our scholars.

Like Collegiate Academies, this blog will be devoted to growth and honesty. We are committed to growing, and with this blog, we will share with you the questions our team is working hard to answer: How can we connect our seniors to rigorous work that will ensure their academic success in college? How do we provide every teacher we hire with the tools and support they need to grow? This blog will chronicle our thoughts openly and honestly and our successes with pride and humility. It will be uniquely Collegiate: bold, open, always evolving, and never finished. We are really excited to have this new space to share our stories with you. Please visit us frequently and watch as we grow throughout the year!

Related Posts

Eric Parrie Teacher Feature 16-17

Eric Parrie, a Social Studies Teacher at George Washington Carver High School, is the third Collegiate Academies’ Teacher Feature for the 2016-2017 school year. Eric is a larger than life character engag…

Victor Jones Teacher Feature 16-17

Victor Jones, English Teacher at George Washington Carver Collegiate, is the second Teacher Feature of the 2016-2017 school year. Victor uses his big personality and bigger vision to support his students…

Leah Lykins Teacher Feature 16-17

Leah Lykins, AP Environmental Science Teacher at Abramson Sci Academy, is the first Teacher Feature of the 2016-2017 school year. Leah empowers her students to engage with their data in deep, meaningful…

Sara Mich Teacher Feature 15-16

Sara Mich, a Sci Academy English Teacher, is the first Teacher Feature of the 2015-2016 school year. Sara’s strong focus on constant personal and scholar growth creates a classroom where students achieve…

Phil Gallia Teacher Feature 15-16

Phil Galia, US History teacher at Carver Collegiate, is the second Teacher Feature of the 2015-2016 school year. In class, Phil supports his scholars in forming and expressing their own opinions, while a…

Ben Ifshin Teacher Feature 15-16

Ben Ifshin, one of Sci Academy’s Biology teachers, is the third and final Teacher Feature of the 2015-2016 school year. Ben Ifshin’s class has a deep empathy for student experience, combining joy with su…

The Season for Gratitude

Our scholars (really, all high school kids) need intense academic preparation to be college-ready. From phonics and pre-Algebra to AP Literature and Calculus, the intellectual work of moving from middle…

What We Can Learn From Singapore

In the past several decades, Singapore has rapidly climbed up the international education totem pole. According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Singapore’s schools have developed a reputation…

Scholars’ Families Join the CA Team

This summer, I had the great pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Lakethia Hampton, the aunt of one of the girls on the Sci Academy volleyball team. Having coached volleyball for the past four…

Smart Cities: New Orleans

The first Maker Faire in New Orleans was held over the weened. It was hosted by a new school incubated by 4.0 Schools and New Schools New Orleans (NSNO)– Bricolage Academy. Matt Candler, founder of 4.0…