A Platinum College Preparatory High School
I CAN SCHOOLS offers our platinum-level college preparatory model at the high school level at Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School. The exceptional education our scholars receive in grades K-8 serves as the foundation for their experience at our college preparatory high school, which focuses on academic and social college readiness through high-level coursework and project-based learning experiences.
College preparatory environment and curriculum
Northeast Ohio College Preparatory Upper School has a schedule that mimics a typical college schedule: classes are 90 minutes and alternate daily. This routine teaches scholars the importance of organization and studying daily.
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|| Morning Message
| Block I
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| Block III/Lunch
| Block IV
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To help develop social skills and aid in the adjustment to a college schedule, NEO Upper School scholars travel in cohorts. Research has proven that students traveling together from one class to another creates a level of unity and enforces students to work together toward the common goal of success. The only time our scholars are not in their cohort is during their elective courses.
Unique and Powerful Elective Courses
Each semester, scholars take one elective course based upon their interests. These classes are all academically challenging and push scholars to think about their future college major and career goals. Our elective courses are highly unique; samples of the courses offered are as follows:
- Public Speaking
- Model United Nations
- Introduction to Yoga
- Theatre and Drama
- Computer Coding
- Drawing and Painting
- Global Current Events
- Music Ensemble
Earning College Credit
Scholars who qualify for Advanced Placement (AP) courses have the opportunity to take these classes at no cost. Scholars work in the computer lab with a teacher on their AP courses and will have the opportunity to take the AP Exam each spring, potentially earning collge credits. The NEO AP program helps scholars further develop college-level academic skills, select a major early, take additional elective classes in college, and add a minor or second major with greater ease. We encourage all of our scholars to apply for the AP program and provide the necessary commitment to be successful in these courses.
Ohio's College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a college course from a public college or university College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books, or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.
Your high school may have an agreement with a local college for specific courses, however, you can choose to take College Credit Plus courses from any college that offers a course that would benefit your future. This could include online courses. To learn more about College Credit Plus, please visit the College Credit Plus webpage at Ohio Higher Education.
BUilding College resumes
Meeting Community Service Guidelines
Our scholars recognize that community service is important for personal fulfillment and an exceptional college resume. High school scholars must participate in community service and obtain a minimum of 100 hours before they can apply for graduation. This schedule reflects approximately 25 hours more than the surrounding school districts. To make meeting these requirements easy and fulfilling, NEO Upper School organizes a number of diverse service projects that encourage hands-on learning while teaching the importance of giving back and leading by example.
Ensuring Standardized Test Success
Our scholars begin taking standardized tests in kindergarten to prepare them for the all-important high school exams: the OGT, the SAT, and the ACT. At the beginning of freshman year, our scholars are given practice OGT assessments; the data from the results is used by teachers to guide and create intentional lessons that align to the state and national content standards. Through intense preparation and Saturday School for scholars who require extra assistance, we offer the means for all of our scholars to pass all five parts of the OGT on their initial attempt. Once our scholars take and pass the OGT in their sophomore year, ACT and SAT preparation begins.
Because the ACT and SAT are of paramount importance for college acceptance and scholarship opportunities, we provide our scholars with every tool necessary for their success. Our teachers' lesson plans are embedded with questions and themes similar to those found in the ACT and SAT. Free ACT and SAT preparation courses ensure that our scholars our absolutely prepared for these assessments. While the average ACT practice test can run around $25, we offer our scholars multiple practice exams for free. Their results and progress between exams are used by our educators to pinpoint individual problem areas and help scholars overcome any deficiencies.
Creating Well-Rounded Scholars
Our extracurricular programs are targeted to build teamwork skills, raise confidence, increase self-esteem, and provide college scholarship opportunities. We believe that extracurricular activities are vital to the emotional and intellectual growth of scholars, so we continue to increase our robust programming to allow all of our scholars to explore their interests and strengths. Alongside our elective courses, these extracurricular activities help us shape well-rounded scholars with a variety of passions.
Our athletic extracurricular offerings include volleyball, softball, track & field, basketball, cheerleading, and hip-hop dance. Academic extracurricular offerings at the high school level include student government, chess team, debate team, and more.
Preparing For the college Application process
Helping our scholars find and gain acceptance to the college of their dreams starts in ninth grade. All of our high school scholars participate in organized visits and tours to public and private colleges and universities across the country. By the time our scholars graduate, they will have visited over 30 college campuses. This unique exposure to so many small and large school settings ensures that our scholars have confidence in choosing the university that is right for them.
Scholar preparation for the college application process is extensive and individualized. All of our high school scholars meet with a college counselor to identify strengths, career opportunities, and college acceptance strategies. Through a mandatory college preparatory course, our scholars learn all aspects of what is required to gain acceptance to college and link collegiate skills to their daily lives.
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