College Prep Curriculum
IHSCA deploys the following Instructional Strategies in order to achieve its goals: Outcomes-based mastery: It is our belief that our students should not successfully complete their four years of High School, but be fully competitive in for any post-secondary educational opportunity they intend to pursue. Given the intense demands of the health science field, we know that our students will need solid skills to be successful in these fields.
Interdisciplinary Learning: We address each component of our program within the context of the healthcare field presenting coursework in an interdisciplinary context which makes connections for students between the skills they are developing and their significance in their future careers.
Collaborative Team Teaching: Adjunct to interdisciplinary learning, team teaching brings together experts in more than one field who, by engaging in the debates inherent in their disciplines, present a model for engaged learning.
Critical Thinking: We engage students in the content of each course by fronting the controversies which surround many of the issues of the healthcare field today. We encourage our students to think independently, creatively, and strategize for optimum societal and community impact.
Problem-based Learning: With emphasis on research-based, open-ended investigation, problem-based investigation acknowledges the complexity of all intellectual pursuit.
Cooperative Learning: The cooperative learning model is a natural extension of the cluster program in which students are encouraged to draw on each other’s skills and strengths to bring projects to fruition. Today’s patient puts himself or herself in the hands of a team of specialists, all of which must work together cooperatively to bring about the best possible outcome for the patient. We wish to model this in the instructional opportunities we offer our students.
Differentiated instructional strategies: Bridging the real world with the learning is an essential instructional strategy. We help students strategize their individual educational objectives and work plans and provide them with support as they undertake them.
Health Sciences Curriculum
The Health Sciences curriculum will follow the standards from the National/State Cluster Foundation Knowledge and Skills, National/State Cluster Pathway Knowledge and Skills, ACT WorkKeys, and Project Lead the Way.
The Health Sciences curriculum is intentionally integrated and taught within the context of the core courses. Students are introduced to the knowledge, skills and concepts where they apply later to real world cases within the health sciences careers. This reinforces the mastery of knowledge and skills, and brings a high level of engagement motivating students to think beyond the class connecting it to the workplace.