In many cases, students’ talents, strengths, and ambitions are identified early on in their high school careers. For that reason, Concordia Cohorts are designed with advanced curricula to further develop and stretch the minds of our students.
In the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine, we have developed our STEM curriculum.
Students inspired to achieve in the area of fine arts will be interested in our Emerging Artist Curriculum.
Humanities Scholars study what it means to be human and what it means to think thoughtfully about who we are and why we are here. This new cohort is being piloted in the 2019-2020 school year.
Our advanced curriculum goes beyond our three cohort programs. Bridging several academic subject areas, and designed with the kinesthetic learner in mind, our Innovation Lab (also known as the ICE Lab) encourages students to translate their ideas into real products.
Cohort Conversations provide students with an opportunity to come together with like-minded students during extended lunch periods on specific Fridays to pursue their passion in the areas of STEM, Arts, and Humanities.
Most Cohort Conversations will include an outside speaker presenting on a topic related to the particular cohort emphasis. An executive from 3M may speak to the STEM Cohort on how 3M fosters innovation within its company. A professional painter or writer may share with our Emerging Artists how it’s possible to make a living as a professional artist. Lawyers, social workers, and politicians may well speak to our Humanities Scholars on how they use their profession to improve the world around them.
Although we expect that Friday Cohort Conversations will appeal to students in our STEM, Emerging Artist Curriculum, and Humanities Scholar cohorts, they are open to any student with an interest in the topic being presented. Students may attend any Cohort Conversation without committing to one of the more demanding cohort tracks. An additional difference is that, while the Concordia Cohort programs are primarily for juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores may participate in any (or all) Cohort Conversations.
More information about our Cohort Conversations will be shared with students at the beginning of the school year. At this same time, information will also be shared about our three Concordia Cohorts: STEM, Emerging Artist Curriculum, and Humanities Scholar. Parents and students can look for information about upcoming Cohort Conversations presenters and topics in the CA Update weekly email.