Carpe Diem schools are designed with the goal of making education a more positive, enriching and empowering experience for students. Each Carpe Diem student builds competence and confidence through hard work and encouragement.
Schools using the Carpe Diem Learning Systems (CDLS) personalized blended learning model experience exceptional results (high student academic achievement as measured by state assessment examinations). Our model takes the best of face-to-face instruction, digital technology and extended learning opportunities to boost student achievement.
Carpe Diem Schools comprise a network of public charter schools designed to offer personalized learning to students in grades 6-12. This summary provides a description of the student-centric academic assessment metrics of Carpe Diem Schools. Methods of assessment include curricular assessments, teacher generated assessments, third party assessments and state assessments. Assessment results are collected and used to inform student instruction, determine student placement and evaluate school effectiveness. When it comes to data, there is “No blame, no shame and NO EXCUSES.” All students can learn and must learn. It is our job to see that they do.
Carpe Diem-Yuma (Arizona)
Carpe Diem-Yuma has achieved an average 92% proficiency and 40% advanced performance on Arizona’s math and reading assessments. With per pupil expenditures at 60-70% of typical schools, the model is also very scalable.
Carpe Diem has demonstrated a positive academic performance record, including:
Carpe Diem-Meridian (Indianapolis)
On the Indiana ECA exam (End of Course) Carpe Diem-Meridian students who met the standards had 100% pass rates on the Biology I and English 10 exams and 90% pass rates in Algebra I. Students who exceeded standards scored “Pass Plus” rates of 29% in Biology 1, 60% in Algebra 1 and 67% in English 10.
The scores of the students who took the five Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measure of Academic Progress or NWEA MAP tests (Reading, Language Usage, Math, Science-General, Science-Concepts) in August 2012 and again in May 2013 reflected an average growth of three (3) years school-wide in Reading and Language Usage, and in Science-General and Science-Concepts. In Math the average growth was four (4) years school-wide. These scores exceed the Carpe Diem Learning Schools’ historic average of two years of curriculum completed in one school year.
**NWEA-MAP provides our third party assessment data. A state-aligned computer-based testing system, MAP (growth), is built on 30 years of research and refinement, and adapts to the student in real-time as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning achievement and readiness. NWEA-MAP provides comparative data to inform educators’ instructional decisions about which programs or optional strategies might be used to help kids learn. This data is one of many data points used to make a variety of instructional decisions. These include but are not limited to identifying and qualifying students for various instructional strategies, scheduling and grouping to meet students’ learning needs, screening for special or alternative instruction, staffing and resourcing.
Carpe Diem-Aiken (Cincinnati)
Carpe Diem Learning Systems opened its first Ohio school in August of 2013 in the Cincinnati neighborhood of College Hill. Carpe Diem-Aiken, housed in a new LEED registered state-of-the-art building at the original Aiken High School location, is the first public charter school sponsored by Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). Achievement scores should be available late Spring in 2014.