Student Experience

Rectangle Copy 2.png
 
juan-ramos-97385.jpg

What happens in middle school matters… a lot.

Every student deserves the choice to attend and succeed in college, so our students receive a rigorous college-preparatory education in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Every student has different needs, so every day our students receive the personalized math and literacy support they need to catch up and then get ahead.


Choosing the right-fit high school has lifelong consequences

So our students visit high schools and receive high school admission counseling.

Our students will solve big problems for their communities, so they experience the community through educational, purposeful field trips.

All students have untapped gifts and interests, so our students take diverse enrichment courses including Spanish, music, coding, athletics, and yoga.

moy-vazquez-406467.jpg
 
 

books.png

 

Day in the life

of a Nevada Prep Student

 

 

(Monday – Thursday)

 

7:30

Breakfast

Students enter the dining area as early as 7:30 a.m. to eat a nutritious breakfast. Music plays while students eat and then read, write, or work quietly. Teachers check in with students and review students’ “lifework” (what we call homework).


8:00

Advisory

Students receive guidance and discuss a variety of topics such as high school planning, school and personal values, goal setting, team building, etc. This is where students hear school announcements and review plans for the rest of the school day.


8:15

Period 1

(English Language Arts)

Students read, write about, and discuss diverse, complex texts.

Nevada Prep teachers prepare to meet the specific needs of Nevada Prep students, but they begin with high-quality, top-rated curriculums like EL Education. Beginning in 6th grade, our teachers deliver Odell Education’s Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies Program, which equips students with the literacy skills they need to succeed in college and careers.

Across all grades, Nevada Prep ELA classes prepare students to communicate powerfully and think critically.


9:22

Period 2

(Literacy Power Hour)

Students receive the extra, personalized attention they need to catch or get ahead in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

At least two teachers lead every Power Hour class. Students work in small groups, receive one-on-one tutoring, or work on personalized learning activities on a computer.


10:29

Break #1

Nutrition & Brain Break

5th and 6th grade are important times in students’ physical, mental, and emotional development, so we provide two nutrition breaks during the day.

During this time, teachers also lead Brain Break activities such as chair yoga or team-building exercises.


10:44

Period 3

(Science & Social Studies)

5th and 6th grade students have a science OR a social studies class every day.

Science and social studies are literacy-rich courses that allow students to apply what they learn in Math and ELA to the world around them.

Nevada Prep delivers a rigorous science and social studies experience using free, opensource resources such as the Big History Project, The News Literacy Project, Code.org/Project GUTS, TED’s Presentation Literacy tools, and EL Education’s Life Science curriculum.


11:51

Lunch

Students eat a nutritious lunch.


12:25

Period 4

(Enrichment)

In 5th and 6th grade, students explore a wide variety of enrichment courses to discover their passions and interests. Enrichment activities include athletics/physical education, piano, and visual arts.


1:32

Period 5

(Math)

Students develop a deep understanding of key math concepts, learn to solve problems quickly and accurately, and apply their learning to real-world problems.

Our teachers prepare and plan to meet the specific needs of Nevada Prep students, but they begin with a high-quality curriculums like Illustrative Mathematics.


2:39

Break #2

Nutrition & Brain Break

5th and 6th grade are important times in students’ physical, mental, and emotional development, so we provide two nutrition breaks during the day.


2:54

Period 6

(Math Power Hour)

Students receive the extra, personalized attention they need to catch or get ahead in math.


At least two teachers lead every Power Hour class. Students work in small groups, receive one-on-one tutoring, or work on personalized learning activities on a computer.


4:00

Dismissal


 

Friday

Rectangle Copy 2.png
 

7:30

Breakfast

Students enter the dining area as early as 7:30 a.m. to eat a nutritious breakfast. Music plays while students eat and then read, write, or work quietly. Teachers check in with students and review students’ “lifework” (what we call homework).


 

8:00

 

Community

Circle

 

 

Students participate in a whole-school celebration of student and school success. For example, students who make significant growth in their academics or leadership development are recognized during Community Circle.

Some weeks, inspirational speakers, either from the school community or outside, present about their work and passions to Nevada Prep students.


8:30

Period 1

 

(English Language Arts)

See ELA course description in the Monday – Thursday schedule.


9:37

Period 2

(Math)

See Math course description in the Monday – Thursday schedule.


10:44

Lunch

Students eat a nutritious lunch.


11:15

Period 3

(Law & Logic)

Students analyze logical arguments and ethical dilemmas through real life legal cases. This discussion-based course is based on the thinkLaw critical thinking program.


12:30

School Dismissal


12:40

OPTIONAL


Junior Leaders Program

(from Leaders in Training, a local nonprofit organization)

Students participate in a series of workshops, discussions, field trips, and service learning projects. Junior Leaders supports students’ leadership development and exposes students to new role models, including diverse, first-generation college students. Through Junior Leaders, students develop a greater understanding of how their academic success empowers them to attain personal and professional goals.


4:00

Program Dismissal