Student & Family Guidelines :: Summer 2017

 

Greetings, students and families of Prep@Collegiate! This overview of policies & procedures reflects our observations from our (exciting!) first days together: you’ve given us a clear sense of where the baselines are, and where we need additional clarifications. We are building Prep@Collegiate together—students, families, faculty, and staff—and this text is a ‘living document’: your perspectives and experiences will continue to refine it, so that it best represents our shared commitments, expectations, and aspirations.


the Five core virtues

Life at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is grounded in five core virtues: Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Wisdom, & Resilience. At Prep@Collegiate, students, faculty, and staff worked together to translate these essential—yet abstract—principles into a rubric that clearly articulates our expectations of each other.

Every student will be evaluated on each of these criteria on a daily basis, earning up to four points in each of the five categories (for a total of twenty possible points each day, and 100 per week). Students have been divided into ‘crews’—each of which is led by one of our Summer Fellows—and the crews will be ranked each week by the average of the crew members’ scores. Prizes will be awarded to top-scoring Crews and Individuals.


Academic Assessment

On the basis of pre-assessment testing, students have been divided into two groups: ‘Ravens’ and ‘Orioles’. Ongoing (or ‘formative’) assessment based on classroom observation & student work will be a critical component of our everyday practice. Each week will culminate in one-on-one conferences between students and each of their teachers, in which teachers & students will work together to establish, review, & revise that student’s specific learning targets for the summer.

Overall (or ‘summative’) assessment of Prep@Collegiate students will be conducted a qualitative, rather than quantitative basis: they will compile portfolios throughout the summer & will present their work in Student-Led Conferences on the evenings of August 2nd and 3rd, 2017; they will also receive narrative evaluations, reflecting the combined perspectives of all members of the Prep@Collegiate faculty and staff. A quantitative demonstration of each student’s progress will be visible in a comparison of trends in year-over-year iReady results: we expect to see reversals or significant reductions of summer learning loss, relative to that student’s prior year.


Attendance

Each student in Prep@Collegiate has earned his seat in this selective, fast-paced program. Any absence will significantly impede his progress, and the loss of his voice, perspective, and efforts will have a detrimental impact on the other boys in his crew and classes.

  • A first absence will necessitate a meeting with teachers and crew leader.
  • A second absence means that the student has missed fully 10% of the program, and will result in a serious warning.
  • A third absence will be taken as a voluntary withdrawal from Prep@Collegiate (in which case a prorated refund of tuition will be given).

Dress

Standard dress entails khaki (non-cargo) shorts and a collared shirt (e.g., polo or button-down). Boys may bring athletic clothes with them (e.g., basketball shorts & a tshirt) for use during afternoon co-curricular activity periods. If they would like to swim, boys should bring swim trunks & a towel on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 7/12
  • Friday, 7/14
  • Tuesday, 7/18
  • Monday, 7/24
  • Friday, 7/28
  • Thursday, 8/3.

On field trip days (7/10, 7/19, 7/26, and 7/31), boys are required to wear their navy blue Prep@Collegiate polo shirts & khaki shorts.


Cellphones & other personal items

Students are permitted to bring cellphones/music players (with headphones) for use during specified breaks. All such devices must not be used during class or co-curricular periods unless specifically instructed otherwise by the instructor or activity leader. Students accept all responsibility for the device(s) in question.

Prep@Collegiate will in no way be held responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of such items.


Arrivals/departures

Students are expected to arrive & depart on-time—unless otherwise specified (e.g., on field trip days), that means drop-off between 8:15 – 8:30, and pickup at 3:30. No adults will be available to supervise boys before 8:15 or after 4:00 on regular school days.

On field trip days, buses will depart promptly at the designated time—they will not wait for late-arriving students. If you have unresolved transportation issues/concerns, please contact Jeff Robinson (jrobinson@baltimorecollegiate.org).


Dining

Prep@Collegiate will provide each boy with a mid-morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. In the interest of reducing the amount of trash we create, each boy will be issued a reusable water bottle; cold water is available throughout the day, and there will be ice for afternoon activities. Please bring any allergies or essential dietary restrictions to our attention as soon as possible.

Families are welcome to send an additional piece of fruit for their boy and/or a sports drink for the afternoon, but we ask that you please do not send other snacks and highsugar beverages.

Conduct

Expectations for conduct are governed by our shared rubric for the Five Core Virtues. Each student will serve a one-week term on the Restorative Justice Committee, which will work to resolve transgressions of community standards. Any issue of sufficient concern to warrant the involvement of the Director of Prep@Collegiate will most likely constitute a voluntary withdrawal from the program (in which case a prorated refund of tuition will be made available).