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Overview

Along with our school culture and physical fitness philosophies, our approach to academic rigor is one of the primary levers that makes CBCP unique.  CBCP students engage in a challenging, four-year college preparatory curriculum that is taught through our discussion-based model.  Each student takes the equivalent of six years of English and math, four years of natural sciences, and four years of social sciences.  We also proudly offer intensive instruction in a foreign language, physical education, and a host of electives to enhance our students' educational experience.  Our main goal is to prepare all students to graduate from the college of their choice as Renaissance people.

Our school day runs from 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30am to 1pm on Friday.  Students take 5 classes per day that are each 72 minutes long Mon-Thurs and each 45 minutes long on Fridays.  The average class size is approximately 28.

Beginning in their sophomore year, students who feel prepared are encouraged to enroll in Advanced Placement classes.  Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses through which students can receive college credit while still in high school.  CBCP offers the following Advanced Placement courses:   

  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language
  • AP Spanish Literature 
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Physics 1

The Bulls Prep Discussion-Based Model of Instruction

CBCP uniquely teaches all courses through our discussion-based instructional approach.  In a traditional classroom, one might imagine a teacher at the front, desks arranged in rows, and students providing infrequent, single-word responses to questions.  At CBCP, students spend the majority of every class discussing, questioning, and defending with evidence their own thoughts and ideas.  Our students deepen their conceptual understanding of complex topics while building their math and literacy skill via high engagement with their peers.  Students are taught to constantly ask and answer the key question when it comes to deepening academic rigor:  “Why?”  This method empowers students to continue high-quality learning outside of the classroom without their teacher. 

The characteristics of our discussion-based model are threefold:

  • Homework as preparation for students – We focus on homework as preparation for the next class day as opposed to practice with what has already been covered.  With advanced preparation, students are empowered to reach deeper levels of understanding during the class itself.  Depth is preferable to breadth.  
  • A discussion or performance-based class structure – Students spend the majority of class time interacting directly and are organized into smaller groups or squads.  All are given repeated opportunities to communicate their understanding and make meaning of concepts in ways that meet the CBCP standard for rigor.  
  • High-quality student answers or performances – Students constantly answer “why”, provide exhaustive explanations with relevant justifications, and use standard academic English with precise wording.  Every answer or speaking opportunity is a mini-performance, and excellence is always the goal.   

Read more about our unique approach to discussion-based learning by downloading our

CBCP Rigor Guide 

 

Promotion and Graduation Requirements

There are academic, enrichment, physical fitness and discipline requirements students must meet to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate.

Academics: To be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate, students must earn the credits from every class in which they are enrolled during the regular school year.

**Course Failures: Any student who fails a class will be expected to enroll in make-up classes to earn back the credits and stay on track for promotion.  Any student failing classes at the end of semester one will be expected to take them in night school during semester two. If they fail classes during the second semester, they will be expected to make the class(s) up in a summer school program approved by the Administration.

Enrichment: Noble works to develop well-rounded students through participation in enrichment, community service and college exploration.

  1. Students must earn a specified number of enrichment credits taken outside the regular school day to be eligible for promotion and graduation.
  2. Students must pass the community service requirement as outlined in the community service syllabus. The requirement is to complete 10 hours per year, for a total of 40 hours to graduate.
  3. Students must earn a minimum of 10 College Exploration hours per year to be promoted to the next grade level, totaling 40 hours to complete graduation requirements. 

Physical Fitness: Students must pass the physical fitness test and health test to be promoted to the next grade level and to graduate.

Discipline: Any student who accumulates more than the maximum allowable number of detentions, or more than 20 days of suspension in any one year will not be promoted to the next grade or graduate. If a student exceeds the maximum number of allowable detentions for a year, that student will be required to take summer behavior class in order to be promoted/graduate. The maximum number of allowable detentions in a school year for all grades is 12.