- CSA New Tech High School
- SCHOOL INFORMATION
Our mission is to prepare socially engaged citizens who excel in an information and technology rich society.
Columbus Signature Academy Outcomes:
Our students will:
· Know themselves and their talents well, identify areas for personal growth and create and identify paths that will fulfill their own destinies.
· Learn through collaboration with family, business, and community.
· Possess a strong sense of civic responsibility.
· Embrace and celebrate differences and appreciate individuality.
· Think critically and practice 21st century skills.
· Think creatively to solve authentic, real world problems.
· Sustain healthy, trusting relationships that support a safe learning environment.
CSA Core Beliefs:
Lincoln Campus * Fodrea Campus * Central Campus * New Tech Campus
The following core beliefs drive our goal setting and guide our decisions. We review them regularly and revise them when necessary.
We believe in learning-centered communities, in which all members are known, respected and valued,and in which differences are honored and student voice is heard. We celebrate the successes of all learners.
We believe students thrive when they experience relationships with peers, staff and families that generate honest, respectful and trusting communication.
We believe students learn by actively engaging in relevant, authentic and fl exible project based instruction. Content for learning is immediately applicable and balanced with refl ection. Teachers guide learning in a technology-rich environment which emphasizes 21st century skills.
Habits of Mind
We believe school community members who practice critical thinking and socially engaged intelligence are using their minds well.
We believe community partnerships provide learners with a sense of responsibility, inspiring them to become immersed in the community.
We believe learners prioritize, plan and manage their work. Growth and achievement are assessed from many perspectives including performance of real tasks, self and peer critique, projects and portfolios.
We believe procedural, curricular, cultural and fi scal decisions refl ect the core beliefs and the voice of the people directly affected by the decisions. All educators are committed to the decision-making process and model participation in a democratic society.
BCSC demonstrates a community commitment to deeper learning for one...and all.
CSA NEW TECH VISION
Columbus Signature Academy is a revolutionary pathway for education.
HIGH EXPECTATION OBJECTIVES
BCSC will ensure a balanced, intentional and forward looking approach to meet the following objectives:
Enable achievement of core academic knowledge and varied levels of critical thinking
Advance a deep community commitment to all learners' health, personal and academic success
Provide multiple pathways that intellectually engage all learners
Promote and support modern, collaborative learning environments
Foster multiple perspectives to develop global citizens
Provide a welcoming and diverse learning culture of respect, fairness and trust
Cultivate a commitment to a life-long learning process for all
Columbus Signature Academy New Tech Campus is a Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Magnet Program dedicated to educational excellence. Established in 2008, this four-year high school opened with the help and support of local business partners and post secondary institutions. Columbus Signature Academy (CSA) is the first in the nation to establish a K-12 program based on the New Technology model. CSA programs include three separate sites serving, elementary, middle, and high school students. We run a rigorous, college prep, collaborative, integrated, project-based program for high school students. Our students go above and beyond normal graduation expectations, completing requirements in these additional areas: 12 units of college classes; 100 hours of community service, internship in a work environment; four years of mathematics and science. Technology standards and skill development are embedded in our curriculum.
Since every student who attends CSA applied to be here, placement of students in Columbus Signature Academy is strictly voluntary. The CSA New Tech Campus is designed to serve 100 students in each grade level. Students are encouraged to apply in the winter of their eighth grade year. If we exceed 100 applications, we implement a stratified lottery system to ensure a student population consistent with the demographics of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. Prior to the lottery, priority is given to students who successfully completed the CSA middle school program, and to siblings of current students, We attempt to ensure gender equity during the lottery process. Students accepting an invitation to attend CSA should consider the placement a four-year commitment. Transfers are disruptive to school culture and individual academic performance. Students may submit post lottery applications for openings that occur during the school year. Priority placement will be given to students in good, academic standing. Students requesting transfers to CSA: New Tech Campus must also be in good academic standing, including good attendance and discipline reports.