Critical Skills Across the Curriculum: In English, mathematics, and study techniques — the art of learning
Academic Programs for Ages 14-18, rising 9th-12th graders
Learning is a cumulative process. Throughout our lives, we build on existing knowledge and skills to master progressively more complex operations and tasks. For this reason, the Critical Skills Across the Curriculum program is based on the belief that the process of learning is as important as the content learned. Learning how to learn may be one of the most important skills you can acquire as you prepare for greater challenges in high school, college, and life. Cushing Academy gives you the tools you need to participate more fully, enthusiastically, and successfully in your college preparatory curriculum.
The Critical Skills Across the Curriculum program encompasses three key components: study techniques, strategies to improve English language skills, and review and practice of mathematics skills. At the start of the program, we assess your academic skills and place you in appropriate English and mathematics courses. If English is not your dominant language, you will take a placement test along with students in the E.S.L. Program. If your English skills are proficient enough for success in the Critical Skills Program, you will be enrolled in Critical Skills English. If your English skills require greater fluency, you will enroll in an E.S.L. Reading and Writing class.
Once you are placed in appropriate classes, your teachers help you understand and appreciate your particular learning style and set reasonable and attainable personal goals. This approach helps you to capitalize on your strengths, recognize your weaknesses, and formulate an action plan for achieving academic success. Though you will be learning specific content in English and mathematics, study techniques are an integral component of all coursework.