Our Signature Practices
As a rigorous, early college model, students begin earning college credits for free beginning in 9th grade, reducing the time and cost of attaining a college degree. We offer two unique pathways: transferable college credits via UCLA Extension and El Camino College and an Associate's and Bachelor’s degree via Southern New Hampshire University.
We believe learning can happen anywhere! Students benefit from an on-campus community of peers and staff 2 days per week and remote learning 3 days per week. At Connect High School, a community of caring individuals support students to become engaged, self-directed learners who develop self-efficacy, agency and purpose.
Social Emotional Learning
Students need to be known, seen and heard to thrive as learners. Connect High’s unique social emotional learning philosophy is reflected in our Habits of Heart and Mind: Accountability, Equity, Collaboration, Quality, Agency and Empathy.
Inquiry Based Learning
This approach to learning emphasizes the student's role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher as the only source of what students need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.
Mastery Based Grading
Mastery-based grading (MBG) provides meaningful feedback to students and parents by focusing on skill development and evidence of mastery. Students receive opportunities to reflect and revise assignments and assessments. Our “Habits” of Quality and Accountability are factored into MBG to encourage growth.
Real World Learning and Industry Connections
Making real world connections is at the center of everything we do. From tackling real world problems in the classroom, to gaining hands-on experience via project consults, mentorships, internships, work experience and other industry-relevant events, Da Vinci students learn by doing in the real world. > Learn more
Presentations of Learning (POLs)
At the end of the year, students complete a Presentation of Learning in which they demonstrate their mastery of content in their courses in a formal presentation setting. Students are required to provide and explain how specific work they have completed (i.e. the evidence) demonstrates growth toward mastery and their Habits of Heart and Mind. POLs consist of an oral presentation followed with questions and answers from panel members (family members, classmates, staff).
Each semester, all Da Vinci schools host a school-wide Exhibition night where students show visitors their learning and demonstrate their mastery of essential skills throughout the semester. Exhibitions are an important component of project-based learning and assessment, and provide a comprehensive view of each student's knowledge and mastery of the curriculum.
Student Led Conferences
Once a semester, students facilitate a conference about their learning alongside their families and teachers. These meetings are powerful opportunities for all students to reflect on their successes, effort and areas for growth in their classes as well as in social emotional learning development, including their autonomy, growth mindset, self-efficacy and their Habits of Heart and Mind.