Academic programs reflect our belief that all students deserve high academic expectations in a supportive environment that fosters ownership for learning. Activities include:
- Project-Based Learning instruction with curriculum aligned to the Illinois State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Mixed-level classrooms to facilitate differentiation and peer-to-peer learning.
- Student-directed before and after school programs.
- Week-long enrichment programs to enhance understanding of community issues and educational transitions.
Character development initiatives reflect our belief that we must all strive together as a learning community (students, families, staff) to make daily decisions based on sound moral principles and critical thinking in order to lead a successful life of service to God and others. Activities include:
- Classroom instruction in our IHD class
- Group and individual advising
- Restorative relationship building practices
- Work-study program
- Lunch program
Programs reflect our belief that it is critical to teach our students how to build positive relationships with caring adults who will help them envision a path to success. The mentoring program at Altus has three distinct tiers:
- Peer Mentoring to develop interrelation pro-social skills in a supportive environment.
- Academic Mentoring to teach learning strategies and basic college-readiness skills.
- Adult Mentoring to develop the 21st century skills that are essential for career success.
Programs reflect our belief that student success is hinged on strong partnerships with parents. Partnerships occur by developing personal relationships with parents through clear and open lines of communication, capacity building, opportunities for involvement with clear objectives, and participation in school improvement and decision making. Activities include:
- Providing technology for home use
- Quarterly informational meetings on current educational issues and school policies
- Home visits to discuss student progress
- Parent led committees
- Parent Advocates program