Both schools launched Expeditionary Learning (EL) as their specialized program for the 2017-2018 school year through Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) Vision 2020: My Tomorrow program. Each respective administration collaborated with parents, teachers, students, and various members and leaders of the community to consider program options and, ultimately, select EL as the academic focus.
“College Hill has a rich history and a long tradition of educating students and giving them the tools they need to be who they want to be,” said College Hill Fundamental Academy Principal Monica Battle, citing the new curriculum’s emphasis on social and emotional development for students as they work towards high academic standards.
Many surveyed in both the Mt. Washington and College Hill communities were drawn to EL because of the potential for student-driven learning experiences, a service focus in exploring liberal arts and the humanities, and the field work opportunities ahead for students as they become active citizens.
“We are super excited to have the opportunity to be a Vision 2020 school and transform our school from the ground up,” said Debra Klein, principal at Mt. Washington. “We are making the transformation, not just for the students, but for the families and for the community.”
At Mt. Washington School, students had the chance to pet a tiger fish from the Newport Aquarium, courtesy of the WAVE Foundation, while parents talked to community partners such as BeechAcres, Children’s Home and Mercy Health about afterschool programming and other services.
To learn more and keep up with College Hill Fundamental Academy throughout the school year, visit https://collegehillacademy.cps-k12.org.
To learn more and keep up with Mt. Washington throughout the school year, visit https://mtwashington.cps-k12.org/.