Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, College Place High School will open STUDIO 57 on the CPHS campus. The concept behind STUDIO 57 began 6 years ago with the planning of the new high school. Patterned after High Tech High School, the design of the school was purposefully created to offer flexible spaces for students to work in a myriad of formats and not look like “traditional school.”
The concept that the School Board and Superintendent Tim Payne had in 2012 will finally come to fruition at the beginning of the next school year. STUDIO 57 is designed to give students a unique opportunity to acquire real world, self-directed skills in effort to meet the District’s guiding principles:
In other words, STUDIO 57 will offer a senior experience centered on design thinking that allows students to solve real-world problems and build 21st century skills – it will be a school within the school.
With the launch of STUDIO 57, students will end the more traditional school day before lunch and “enter” an experience where they will be able to practice and demonstrate the following 21st century skills: collection of information, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and character. At CPHS, we feel these are necessary skills to become a productive member of society as students move into their 5th year plan and pathway post high school.
Through their work in STUDIO 57, students will earn a senior English credit along with additional credits in math, science, history, media, marketing, engineering and entrepreneurial/CTE, based on the nature of the project they choose to complete. The student driven class grants seniors the opportunity to acquire real world experiences in the community while earning credits. Through a final community presentation, the students will earn credit by achieving specific standards outlined by the master teacher of each curriculum/content area.
The project manager and master teachers have set rigorous standards for STUDIO 57. While the concept of this class is rooted in project student voice and choice, the ability to earn credit is grounded in Common Core, Next Generation Science, Applied Math standards and CTE frameworks. Learning and exploring through paths of choice adds a genuine and authentic element to learning and retention. Students will be asked to identify the standards they will master through their project and will then have to justify and prove they have mastered those standards through their work and presentations.
Mini lessons, one-on-one sessions, and internships, will assist students in linking their projects to the standards, skills and ultimately, class credits. The staff has undergone specific training for this Project Based Learning experience which is patterned off of Stanford Design School’s IDEO Method.
Community is the key to making STUDIO 57 truly unique. While it is not required, it will be strongly encouraged that all students find a way to interact with community members in some capacity. Many benefits come from these partnerships such as learning or refining professional communication skills, creating contacts that will benefit students in terms of future jobs and letter of recommendations as well as gaining new experiences, mentors, skills, responsibility and so much more!