YPICS and BCCS Mission and Vision

Who We Are (Identity / Purpose)

We are educational leaders whose passions are to teach and empower kids.

Our Promise (Offering)

We provide authentic learning experiences to our citizen scholars, so they seize and create opportunities in their communities.

Our Mission (Goal)

We prepare citizen-scholars to be leaders and innovators who will serve their communities.

All YPI Charter Schools focus on on three initiatives:

1) Service learning, 2) Enhanced Learning, and 3) Parent and Community Engagement

Our school’s Mission and Vision can best be explained by our Hallmarks (initiatives) and expected Outcomes:

HALLMARKS:

Service Learning

Involves students in helping to determine and meet real, defined community needs. It is reciprocal in nature, benefiting both the community and the student by combining a service experience with a learning experience.

Project-Based Learning

Core subject teachers work closely together in interdisciplinary teams to provide a coordinated approach to the major concepts that students are expected to know deeply. The school has implemented a curriculum that encourages the learner to connect multiple subject areas with each other. Students find that they are able to apply mathematic concepts in their physical science class; that they can use their English essay writing skills in history; that they can transfer earth science concepts to understand geography; and that mastery of Spanish conjugation improves their English grammar. YPI Charter School students are engaged in interdisciplinary learning often find the content more exciting and relevant, especially if presented in a way that relates to their own lives.

Technology Integration / Enhanced Learning

YPI Charter Schools supports the evidence that effective use of technology enhances student achievement and motivation. When technology is integrated into a thoughtful, innovative lesson plan, technology can help open a classroom to a wealth of information and resources. Students must understand how to interpret and evaluate internet search results; as well as, how to communicate deep understanding using software applications and multimedia technology. Technology savvy teachers are recruited to teach at YPICS. All of the teaching staff are involved in professional development activities that include educational technology and coaching. For example, teachers are trained in the use of the Internet as a research tool. Teachers are given useful strategies to guide their students to evaluate this research, and to determine Internet source credibility.

Parent Engagement

YPICS is committed to community based education providing support for its students through an integrated approach to school, family, and community. YPICS embodies the belief that students thrive when they are part of a supportive community. YPICS specifically defines community based learning in the following ways:

Community Resources in the Classroom: To support student learning, YPI Charter Schools draws on existing community relationships to involve parents, grandparents and other family members, college age tutors, and mentors in the education of its students.

School as Community Center: The school serves as a hub for lifelong learning for the neighborhood providing services; such as, parenting workshops, computer literacy, and ESL classes.

OUTCOMES:

College Ready

At YPICS means students have opportunities that prepare them for any postsecondary education or training experience, including study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a postsecondary credential (i.e. a certificate, license, Associates or Bachelor’s degree). Being ready for college means that a student has the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework.

 Career Ready

YPICS believes a career provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement and requires postsecondary training or education. A job may be obtained with only a high school diploma, but offers no guarantee of advancement or mobility. Being ready for a career means that a student has the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. community college, technical/vocational program, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training).

Active Citizens

YPICS citizen-scholars are not just tourist in their classrooms. They are active citizens, change agents, and California’s future leaders. Our students learn that being an active citizen is about being community-oriented and looking beyond the microcosm of their own lives and family, to contribute some of their time, skills and energies to make a better world for the larger community in which they attend school and live.

Life-Long Learner

A YPICS lifelong learner is able to set educational and career goals, to develop a realistic strategy to achieve those goals and to apply content knowledge and critical thinking skills to adapt to a rapidly changing environment on a regular basis. The pursuit of learning and attaining these goals is a life-long endeavor.