Carmen’s mission is to graduate all students as critical thinkers and self-directed learners prepared for success in college, meaningful careers, community involvement, and family life.
At Carmen High School of Science and Technology, we envision Students Achieving proficiency in scientific inquiry, creative discovery, and constructive problem-solving; professional-level skills in the uses of 21st century technology; and admission to colleges that will enable them to become civic leaders, authors, artists, scientists, teachers, doctors, or successful in any other family- and community- sustaining career.
Habits of Mind: All students and staff pursue excellence in communication, analysis, problem-solving, applying values in decision making, social interaction, developing a global perspective, effective citizenship, and aesthetic engagement. All students and staff display passion for learning and appreciation for good work. All students and staff welcome new perspectives and challenging ideas.
Habits of the Heart: Everyone strives to bridge cultures through learning, work, service, and celebration. Everyone contributes to a vital and compassionate community. Everyone respects the multiple traditions that sustain democracy and build a just society.
To ensure that our mission and vision is accomplished Carmen incorporates a model created by Alverno College that helps students develop critical thinking and life skills and apply them in academic courses and “real world” settings. The model describes “8 Abilities” students must achieve over the course of a liberal arts education:
- Problem solving
- Social interaction
- Effective citizenship
- Valuing in decision making
- Developing a global perspective
- Aesthetic engagement
Best Practices for Quality Education in Urban High Schools
- Establish a culture of high expectations continuous improvement bases on clearly identified core values.
- Put in place a leadership structure that supports the mission of the school and provides for leadership transition.
- Implement a rigorous curriculum driven by clearly identified academic standards for success in college.
- Use both in-school and out-of-school curricula to support the acquisition of like skills and provide significant exposure to both professional and higher education environments.
- Create a quantitative process to monitor student growth over time in both academic and 21st century skills.
- Put an intervention system in place to identify and support students who are not succeeding academically.
- Build the school’s professional development program in response to this performance evaluation system.
- Engage both teachers and students in data analysis to improve performance.
- Establish an infrastructure for supporting student access to and completion of college.