Our Academic Program
Along with our school culture and physical fitness philosophies, our approach to academic rigor is one of the primary levers that makes CBCP unique. CBCP students engage in a challenging, four-year college preparatory curriculum that is taught through our discussion-based model. Each student takes the equivalent of six years of English and math, four years of natural sciences, and four years of social sciences. We also proudly offer intensive instruction in a foreign language, physical education, and a host of electives to enhance our students’ educational experience. Our main goal is to prepare all students to graduate from the college of their choice as Renaissance people.
Our school day runs from 7:55am to 3:40pm Monday through Thursday and 7:55am to 1:10pm on Friday. Students take 5 classes per day that are each 75 minutes long Mon-Thurs and each 45 minutes long on Fridays. The average class size is approximately 29.
Beginning in their sophomore year, students who feel prepared are encouraged to enroll in Advanced Placement classes. Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses through which students can receive college credit while still in high school. CBCP offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
AP English Literature
AP English Language
AP Human Geography
AP Spanish Language
AP Calculus AB
AP United States History
AP World History
AP Physics 1
The Bulls Prep Discussion-Based Model of Instruction
CBCP uniquely teaches all courses through our discussion-based instructional approach. In a traditional classroom, one might imagine a teacher at the front, desks arranged in rows, and students providing infrequent, single-word responses to questions. At CBCP, students spend the majority of every class discussing, questioning, and defending with evidence their own thoughts and ideas. Our students deepen their conceptual understanding of complex topics while building their math and literacy skill via high engagement with their peers. Students are taught to constantly ask and answer the key question when it comes to deepening academic rigor: “Why?” This method empowers students to continue high-quality learning outside of the classroom without their teacher.
The characteristics of our discussion-based model are threefold:
- Homework as preparation for students – We focus on homework as preparation for the next class day as opposed to practice with what has already been covered. With advanced preparation, students are empowered to reach deeper levels of understanding during the class itself. Depth is preferable to breadth.
- A discussion or performance-based class structure – Students spend the majority of class time interacting directly and are organized into smaller groups or squads. All are given repeated opportunities to communicate their understanding and make meaning of concepts in ways that meet the CBCP standard for rigor.
- High-quality student answers or performances – Students constantly answer “why”, provide exhaustive explanations with relevant justifications, and use standard academic English with precise wording. Every answer or speaking opportunity is a mini-performance, and excellence is always the goal.
Read more about our unique approach to discussion-based learning by downloading our CBCP Rigor Guide
Promotion and Graduation Requirements
There are academic, attendance, enrichment, community service, college exploration, physical fitness and discipline requirements students must meet to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate.
Academics: To be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate, students must earn the credits from every class in which they are enrolled during the regular school year.
**Course Failures: Any student who fails a class will be expected to enroll in a recovery class to earn back the credit and stay on track for promotion. Any student who fails a class in semester one will be expected to recover the class in night school during semester two. Any student who fails a class in semester two will be expected to recover the class in summer school.
Attendance: Students who earn 19 or more absences in a year need to take a recovery course to be promoted or graduate.
Enrichment: Enrichment credits are classes or activities undertaken outside of the regular school schedule. Students are encouraged to pursue their unique interests and are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours or 1.0 enrichment credits over their four years of high school. A minimum of 25 hours of enrichment classes, sports, or community service is needed for each 0.25 credit. Students failing to meet the enrichment requirement at the end of the year must complete a summer school enrichment for $25 to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate.
Physical Fitness: All students must reach the benchmark on both Physical Test measures (push-up & 1 mile run) for their respective grade level, as well as pass a health content exam, in order to be promoted.
Discipline: Students are asked to demonstrate self-discipline to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate. If after the last day of school, a student has earned:
- 0-19 detentions – Student may be promoted or graduate as long as they complete all detentions.
- 20-39 detentions – Student may be promoted or graduate as long as they complete a campus-based character development course (20 hours) and complete all remaining detentions.
- 40+ detentions – Student may be promoted or graduate as long as they complete a campus-based character development course (20 hours), complete Noble’s summer restorative program (20 hours), and complete all remaining detentions.