From the moment a student joins the PAVE community, s/he is immersed in an engaging, college preparatory environment where they will be inspired by passionate educators. Our comprehensive program emphasizes not only exceptional instruction, but also places a premium on other components that matter deeply: building character, focusing on the entire child, and fostering an inclusive learning environment.
Each facet of Our Approach helps us reach our ultimate goal: to prepare students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges.
- Core Skills
The abilities to read and comprehend sophisticated texts, communicate complex ideas (orally and in writing), and compute and problem-solve at a high level are crucial. As a collective and as individuals, we cannot afford to be wed to a specific pedagogy or approach. We remain reflective and analytical when it comes to examining whether our curricula and approach are meeting our students’ needs. We will not remain stagnant. With our scholars’ success in mind, we will seek to learn and make thoughtful adjustments to our approach.
- High Expectations
Our belief in our students’ abilities is unshakable. We maintain an ambitious bar and will not lower it or water down expectations so scholars can step over it. Every facet of our learning environment reflects and communicates the elevated expectations that we preserve for our students. A PAVE scholar does not simply answer a question. S/he fills the room with complete sentence responses that build on or counter the claim of their peer. In our Community Meetings, we purposefully recognize and celebrate our scholars who have worked hard to successfully reach a goal. Our classrooms communicate to students that their peers have reached and surpassed important benchmarks.
- Consistent School Culture Built on Authentic Relationships
We share the belief that for our scholars to reach their academic potential they must be comfortable in our hallways and classrooms. This means they know and understand that the adults at PAVE not only hold unwavering expectations for them, but also care deeply about them as young people. Only by forging meaningful relationships with our students are we able to ask more of them than they may believe they are capable. A scholar’s comfort is also derived through having a thorough understanding of what is expected. For this reason we believe in the power of consistent routines and procedures that are carried out with fidelity. There is not “my way” and “your way”, there is “our way” — the PAVE Way. Consistency and familiarity reduce a scholar’s anxiety and create a climate where deep learning can happen. The nine hours they are with us are predictable.
- Growth Mindset
In order to equip our students with the skills and tools needed to succeed in college and beyond, our margin for error is razor thin. Our scholars need us to constantly shoot for perfection—to be better today than we were yesterday and better still tomorrow. We are never comfortable or static and we seek to grow so that our students may flourish. We reflect thoughtfully on the data from our coaches and our assessments to improve as individuals and as a team.