Alumna Joins CCSC Faculty

New teacher and alumna Courtney Johnson
New teacher and alumna Courtney Johnson

CCSC opened yesterday for our 10th school year with the usual mix of excitement and jitters — and for the first time, with a faculty member who remembers walking though the same doors as a student. Courtney Johnson was a 9th grader from Cambridge when CCSC first opened in 2005 and she graduated, in 2009, with our very first class. After earning her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and teaching English Language Learners through City Year Boston, Ms. Johnson has returned to CCSC as an associate teacher. She will be supporting 8th grade students, assisting in a Spanish II classroom, and advising juniors. We are proud and delighted to welcome our first CCSC graduate to the faculty. Please read on for Ms. Johnson’s “Why I Teach” personal mission statement. Continue reading “Alumna Joins CCSC Faculty”

CCSC Alumni Share Tips on College Success

CCSC Alumni Panelists
CCSC Alumni Panelists

When we describe CCSC as a “college preparatory” school, we are not only referring to the rigorous instruction students receive in the classroom, but to the school’s overarching expectation that every student will go on to earn a post-secondary degree. We begin talking about college – what it takes to get in and what it takes to graduate – from the moment students enroll through senior year, and beyond. Reinforcing the message they hear over and over from teachers and advisors, students also get tips from recent CCSC graduates at special events like the annual Alumni Panel, held this year on January 3rd at the Microsoft NERD Center. All students in grades 9 through 12 attended. Continue reading “CCSC Alumni Share Tips on College Success”