Cardiff Jr. High: Creating Outstanding Leaders, Teachers and Students
Every horse … from a Kentucky Derby winner to a cowboy’s indispensable sidekick … began life as a colt, a youngster full of energy, curiosity, potential and big dreams. And so it is for the Colts of Cardiff Jr. High, a campus where a steadfast focus on the unique needs of young learners prepares them to be winners in school and on the racetracks and open ranges of life, both now and when they become adults.
Cardiff’s goals address not only student achievement, but also insuring that each child finds a special place where each can identify his or her strengths and interests and build upon them.
As a result, its hand-selected faculty members share two qualities: teaching excellence plus a willingness to go above and beyond instruction to help students find that unique place, whether it is in academics, athletics, performance or community service. Teachers regularly attend athletic events, performances and other after-school activities to demonstrate their support for students.
Cardiff’s outstanding academic program is based on a commitment to providing all students with a first-rate education and an opportunity to excel in school – no matter what their backgrounds are. Teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs, with one-on-one academic interventions designed to help students overcome barriers to their learning. Instruction is complemented by computers in each classroom, SMARTBoards in all math and science classrooms, plus five mobile laptop labs and three stationary desk-top labs. Students have access to 15 desktop computers in the library before and after school, as well as throughout the school day.
An expanding list of student activities is based, not on what staff members think is meaningful, but on the interests of the students themselves. Among the opportunities available to Cardiff Colts are Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and Colts Care, a service organization dedicated to school and community volunteerism. Student athletes can compete in football, volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and golf, or participate in the friendly rivalry of intramural matches among advisories. Through the pep squad, both girls and boys support Colt athletic teams and promote school spirit.
Consistent communication with parents through a variety of means and in several languages – insures that parents remain key ingredients in their children’s success. Cardiff’s growing Parent-Teacher Association focuses on projects and fund-raising that directly benefits students and teachers, including sponsorship of the fall student dance and plans to systematic expand the library collection. To minimize disruptions to families, PTA meetings are paired with other activities, including performances by fine arts groups.
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