Models of achievement.
Cambridge Education Group’s 21st century education models have received attention from the industry and others. Many of our leading-edge methods and practices have been inspired by several prominent books about the future of education—including “Disrupting Class” by innovation expert and author Clayton Christensen. These writings reference the curriculum and other technology adopted by Cambridge as the future direction of education.
Cambridge Education Group has worked with leading educators and curriculum experts to establish its education models for all grade levels—and includes at-risk to college-prep high-school students. We believe in continuous improvement and have made modifications to our model over time based on our results. These refinements have delivered improved results over time. Below are some indicators of these results.
Dropout Prevention Performance: “DOP” High School Model
Cambridge Education Group’s credit recovery education model—which is targeted for “at-risk,” high school level students—is called “Dropout Prevention (DOP).” Cambridge’s first DOP school was formerly operated by White Hat Management under their “LifeSkills” brand.
A key measure of progress by students in a credit recovery model such as Cambridge Education Group’s is the earning of credits towards graduation. Credits earned per student nearly doubled in the first year Cambridge operated the school.
Additionally, since taking over management of this school, the following positive transformations have occurred:
- Evolution of instructional model
- Increased focus on CORE academics
- Additional tutoring services and other modifications
- Significant increase in academic scores
As an example, in this school, which serves arguably the toughest student population, the ACT scores have increased more than compared to those of students in a more traditional high school. The students have also had higher credit-earning performance and as a result, the graduation rate has also improved.
We see this as the ultimate measure of success—a clear indicator as to why students should attend a Cambridge DOP school. Simply put: It works.
Fundamental Elementary: “Winton” School Model
Winton is a fundamental elementary school model that is highly technology infused—utilizing project-based learning and other hands-on learning methods. In many cases, Cambridge’s “Winton” schools results not only outperform the schools within the district in which we operate, but the state as a whole.
Winton places high importance on safety and civility. These are core to having a good learning environment and building character. Above all else, Winton is a safe school that provides every child the foundation for success.
Winton believes strongly in PBS (Positive Behavior Supports). We hold our students to very high standards—modeling school-wide expectations and implementing them in the classroom. Additionally, Winton couples the “Habits of Mind” philosophy with our PBS program. Together, these two programs provide students with opportunities to learn problem-solving skills that will allow them perform their best in the real world. We view the entire world as our classroom and offer a variety of field trips and other learning activities outside of the school building.