Frequently Asked Questions
What are Carpe Diem Learning Schools?
Carpe Diem Learning Schools are tuition-free public charter schools using a personalized blended-learning model to educate 6-12th grade students.
What is it that Carpe Diem Learning Schools do?
Carpe Diem successfully educates students in a safe, small (approximately 300 students), relationship centered setting, preparing them for college, careers and life as productive adults.
How do Carpe Diem Learning Schools educate students?
Carpe Diem teaches and coaches students utilizing a proprietary blended learning model (digital curriculum plus high quality instruction), personalized learning experiences and high expectations. Carpe Diem Schools educate, empower, and equip our students for success in life.
Who can attend Carpe Diem?
Any middle and high school (6-12th grade) student regardless of abilities, educational background or income is eligible to attend Carpe Diem Learning Schools Traditionally, new Carpe Diem schools start by enrolling student at the 6th through 10th grade levels.
Is there a “typical” Carpe Diem student?
Carpe Diem Schools tailor a high-quality education to a complete spectrum of students. Students and parents may find Carpe Diem Learning Schools the best education solution for any of the following reasons:
- Smaller school
- No grade level stigma
- Broad curriculum
- Ability-based, not grade-level based
- Relationally driven, personalized learning
- New technology used as part of curriculum
- Accelerated pace of study available to students who want more challenge
- Can earn college credits while completing high school
- Flexible schedule
- Home schooled students ready for Middle School or High School.
What is the cost for attending Carpe Diem?
Carpe Diem is a tuition-free, blended learning secondary school.
Do the academic programs at Carpe Diem meet state standards?
Yes. The curriculum at Carpe Diem conforms to the same standards as every other public, private or charter school in the state. Carpe Diem schools are NCA accredited.
What about student achievement?
The Carpe Diem blended learning model has an eight-year record of academic achievement, student success, and productive work environment for teachers and students. The Carpe Diem education model takes the best of face-to-face instruction, digital technology and extended learning opportunities to boost the achievement of our students. Carpe Diem Schools promise to deliver exceptional results; high student academic achievement as measured by state assessment examinations and students with the knowledge, skills and work ethic necessary for success in college, career and life.
Leveraging technology with high quality instruction, Carpe Diem has created a proof point that a blended learning school can produce outstanding achievement. Historically, Carpe Diem students average completion of two years of curriculum in one school year.
At Carpe Diem-Meridian (Indianapolis) for the 2012-13 school year, average growth in Reading and Language Usage is roughly three (3) years school-wide, average growth in Science - General and Science - Concepts is roughly three (3) years school-wide and average growth in Math is roughly four (4) years school-wide.
On the state ECA (End of Course Assessment) exam, 96% of Carpe Diem-Meridian students who were eligible (23/24) scored “Proficient” on Biology I, English 10 exams, and Algebra. The Pass Plus rates (students who exceeded standards) were 29% in Biology I, 60% in Algebra I and 67% in English 10.
Carpe Diem-Yuma has:
- Achieved an average 92% proficiency and 40% advanced performance on Arizona’s math and reading assessments.
- Out-performed all county schools for four straight years on the Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards (AIMS) test.
- Continued as a state leader in student growth (#1 for two consecutive years).
- Earned a rating of 10 of 10 by parents and GreatSchools.com.
What are some advantages provided to Carpe Diem students?
Carpe Diem’s curriculum blends classroom instruction with digital coursework. This empowers students to progress at the pace that best fits their abilities and academic goals, while allowing for flexible scheduling to make learning fit today’s busier schedules.
At Carpe Diem, we meet each student at their current level and then build competency and confidence through hard work and encouragement. Our students learn at their own pace, mastering material prior to moving on to the next level…so they learn at a pace that’s individual to them, not the pace of an entire classroom. Our students aren’t labeled by a single grade level but are rewarded for successfully mastering each subject.
The Carpe Diem education model challenges students to achieve by giving them the freedom to exceed expectations. Carpe Diem kids gain confidence and a sense of control in their lives.
Carpe Diem-Meridian students are provided with an opportunity to earn college credits through digital coursework that prepares them to take CLEP exams (College Level Examination Program). Students who successfully pass a course-specific CLEP exam are granted college credits. Over 80% of U.S. colleges and universities recognize and grant college credits for students who successfully pass a CLEP examination.
How can I find out more about Carpe Diem?
Please contact us.