Network & School Experience
All UCSN faculty and staff hold themselves to high-expectations in every aspect of their jobs. The student school day is a full day (7 ½ hours) and planning and meetings among various staff members occur before, during, and after school.
Each UCSN faculty or staff member believes that all students are capable of being more competitive at the end of the year than they were at the beginning of the year (as measured by each student’s National Percentile Ranking on NWEA or their STEP level). In addition, UCSN teachers believe that all students scoring at least one full grade-level behind are capable of achieving 1.5 years of growth within one year.
Collaborative, Professional Environment
All members of the UCSN community contribute to a highly-collaborative and professional environment. All UCSN teachers and staff wear a UCSN blazer, which sets the professional tone within the school community. In addition, UCSN teachers collaborate with one another (grade-level partners, non-classroom teachers, the Special Education department, etc.) in order to plan for the most meaningful learning experiences for all students. Also, Master Teachers and Academic Directors collaborate with one another across the network.
Structured environments that maximize learning
A key component to all UCSN schools is a highly productive and structured school environment. Each UCSN teacher maintains and builds a classroom culture conducive to learning by establishing and following through on clear behavior expectations. Students are expected to be in full uniform and adhere to the classroom and school rules 100% of the time. The consistent and predictable environment within each classroom creates a school culture that is focused on high-quality learning.
Developing partnerships that support student achievement
All UCSN faculty and staff understand the importance of building relationships with parents in order to increase student achievement. As a result, UCSN teachers and Academic Directors engage parents in a wide variety of ways to ensure the education of each student is a partnership. Teachers call parents regularly to update them of the progress of their child, and meet with them before or after school when necessary. All parents are expected to sign a “parent contract” which delineates the expectations of the parents and the school. Academic Directors meet with parents regularly in individual and small-group settings. All UCSN staff and faculty also participate in a wide variety of evening school activities that occur throughout the year, including monthly Family Literacy Nights.
Involvement in a broader community
Although there are 16 different UCSN schools, all schools in the network come together throughout the year to celebrate various occasions. UCSN also has an Athletic Program that engages students and families in cross-network competition. Sports within the program include soccer, basketball, flag football, and volleyball for boys and girls.