Growth Mindset: Preparing for College, College Success & Beyond!

Growth mindset is not just a new age philosophical trend, it truly is a way of life and a strategy for good mental health, and thus success! The College Access Program (CAP) curriculum/course is all about incorporating growth mindset. Students learn growth mindset throughout grades 9-11 in preparation for the CAP 12 course: protected and structured time for counselors to guide seniors through a  5 unit curriculum that is essentially the process they will follow in pursuit of college admissions- foundations, feasibility, discernment, enrollment and transition into college.

Why is it so important to pour these teachings into our students? What happened to just teaching pure undeniable hard work?  Well that’s easy, some students will say they have worked hard and still just don’t understand math for example, but then again they have never understood math so they are not surprised that regardless of their hard work, they still did not do well. How many times have you heard it? How many times have you said it yourself? This is the epitome of a fixed mindset.

Research shows that the mindset you have changes everything about how you approach challenges and opportunities—including whether you use the word “challenge” or “opportunity” for the same circumstance. And we all know that high school is full of both challenges and opportunities. We teach students that these two dynamics are actually one in the same, furthermore, that there is success and lessons learned and at the end of each opportunity.

Come senior year we hope our students would have mastered this concept, being able to open themselves to a host of different college options to find the best fit place where they will thrive and reach goals. They will also have the innate understanding that:

  • Belief in the development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being…
  • Self-confidence in his ability to succeed…
  • Sense of belonging, especially in the school environment…
  • Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success…
  • Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes…
  • Positive attitude toward work and learning…

…is essential to reach their full potential in college and beyond!

 

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