Core Elements

A Grades 6-12 College Preparatory Curriculum

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A college-preparatory liberal arts and sciences program of study in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and social studies that fosters in students the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently so that they are fully prepared to succeed in their postsecondary studies

Expert Teaching and Advancement

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An inventive Teacher Career Advancement System (T-CAS) and multi-faceted professional development offerings that equip talented teachers with ample means to continually develop their pedagogical and management skills while generously recognizing them for their contributions, resulting in an enthusiastic faculty of expert educators who are demonstrably successful in promoting student learning.

Unity recruits exceptional teachers and creates a long term career path for them

  • Combines aspects of a corporate partnership model and university model for the promotion of faculty
  • Provides a formal, long-term, career ladder that encourages star teachers to keep on teaching
  • Incentivizes ongoing skills development while generously recognizing teachers for their academic and nonacademic contributions
  • Incorporates development along three dimensions of our school’s human capital – Individual, Team, and School Development

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More Time for Learning

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An extended day, week, and year that provide approximately 30% more time on academic and co-curricular activities than the local district average in order to deepen engagement, accelerate academic growth, and prepare students for a college schedule

Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support

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  • Teachers offering customized support for remediation and acceleration by using multiple forms of assessment to inform instruction
  • Providing individualized support with our daily Skills-Building course and trained Teaching Assistants
  • Extending support though our after-school Homework Help and Saturday Academy

Enrichment Courses and Elective Clubs

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  • Enrichment courses in World Languages & Culture and Design & Technology, which promote applied and interdisciplinary learning and develop essential 21st century professional skills in technology, communication, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving;
  • Elective clubs in such areas as sports and the visual and performing arts, which develop team-oriented skills and are co-facilitated by instructors from local educational and cultural institutions through formal partnerships

Active Community Involvement

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  • A Family Partnership & Volunteer Corps comprised of family members, local stakeholders, and Unity Prep staff promoting open communication, meaningful collaboration, and active involvement within Unity Prep’s adult community;
  • designated Community Service Days and a required Community Service Project in 12th grade;
  • Internships that provide students with real-world opportunities to acquire professional skills and engage with the community in mutually beneficial endeavors

A Positive and Supportive School Culture

Unity gives students tools to eliminate stress, manage their emotions, and develop the character traits that are most predictive of future success

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  • The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) is a unique program that promotes emotional health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development through interactive games, yoga and meditation, team-building activities, group discussions, and community service projects. YES has been offered to thousands of students around the country, with students reporting decreased stress, worry, anger, and frustration, and improved academic productivity, focus, calmness, mood, and sleep. Moreover, YES equips students with concrete techniques to eliminate stress and manage their emotions, allowing them to make healthy decisions and to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Daily Advisory that cultivates optimal study habits, reinforces the school’s Core Values, and challenges students to innovate and implement impactful community service projects
  • School-wide Mentoring Corps, which pairs students with community members and with older students who will serve as role models and provide guidance