Our theme is “WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE,” which ultimately supports our belief that positive experiences lead to successful learning. This particular theme places the responsibility on our students and staff to use good decision-making skills in order to ensure higher levels of achievement. As the esteemed Dr. Jane Goodall said, we need to decide what kind of difference we want to make. It is up to us, when we wake up each morning, to choose whether we want to show up at school ready to learn and shine. It is up to us, when we are in classrooms, to focus on the task at hand and to have a positive impact on our peers. It is up to us, outside in the hallways, to be great role models and reflect the overall CSDR spirit in the best way possible.
We serve students in grades 9-12 in the following areas: bilingual language arts (English and ASL), mathematics, social studies, science, health, family life education, and physical education. We also work closely with the Career Technology Education (CTE) program where a wide variety of additional courses covering other subject areas and career preparation are offered to our students. Our academic courses help prepare students for graduation and future academic endeavors, while the CTE program prepares them for transition and employment.
Students receive instruction and curricular materials that are based on the Common Core State Standards in all content areas. We also use the Next Generation Science Standards in our science classes. Our teachers continue to receive bilingual best practices training as we believe that all teachers are considered language teachers, presenting instructional information using both written English and ASL. We work collaboratively to prepare our students to be 21st century learners with the use of educational technology across all content areas.
Our program uses cross-curricular and team teaching approaches for a comprehensive and well-balanced education that meets the needs of our students. We take pride in the fact that our core activities concentrate on student learning and achievement and that our instruction is data-driven. We also provide our students with plenty of opportunities to get involved with a variety of student organizations. Not only that, students can also try out for a variety of sport teams under our athletics department. There is always something going on that our students can become involved with.
We are committed to serving our students, parents, and community. Students and their families, as well as community organizations and businesses, become our partners in learning and help support our efforts in making our students lifelong learners.