Core Curriculum

All programming at Golder College Prep is designed to align with the Noble pillars of: Scholarship, Discipline & Honor. 

To strengthen the academic potential of our scholars the Golder campus:

  • 2,000 minutes of instructional time per week
  • A rigorous core of English, literature, math, science and social studies for all students
  • Academic clubs including cultural cuisine club, chess club, and Spanish club, depending on student and staff interest
  • Summer college programs around the country
  • Extracurricular academic enrichment courses after school and on weekends including Tae Kwon Do, Dance, and Chicago Culture. Recently Golder has added travel abroad programs to Europe and a service-learning trip to Central America.

To help build the discipline of students the Golder campus offers:

  • A variety of athletics, including basketball, soccer, and baseball, cross-country
  • Student-led Town Hall presentations, which can address community issues or showcase student work in a school wide assembly.
  • Rigorous physical education program which includes fitness requirements to pass to the next grade

To help further the extent to which our students' honor the community the Golder campus offers:

  • A four year commitment to community service
  • Community service requirements to pass to the next grade
  • Town Halls in which the community is welcome
  • Clubs and co-curriculars that focus on bettering the community
  • Parent involvement during and after school
  • Awareness of the local and greater community built into academic classes
Advisory
Students at Golder College Prep will participate in advisory for the entire four years of enrollment. Students remain in their advisory, with the same advisor, until graduation (unless retained). Advisors are responsible for the following:
  • College planning
  • Regular communication with parents
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Academic planning and monitoring
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Records and daily attendance
  • Announcements
  • Implementation of Golder College Prep standards
  • Monitor readiness for school by checking for uniforms, assignment book, homework and supplies

Town Hall

The Golder community gathers one Friday each month to celebrate our achievements and to address important issues facing our school, our city, and our community. Town Hall is a required part of school.  Town halls in the past have included performances from our chorus, band, and dance groups, student lead presentations on trips or activities, as well as student assemblies for recognition of merits and quarterly prizes. We invite parents/guardians and members of the public to attend.
 
After School Programming
Golder College Prep offers several programs after school to supplement the educational day of our students. 

Office Hours: From Monday through Thursday after school our students can choose to attend office hours for individual teachers from 3:45-4:45pm.  Each teacher offers after school office hours at least one day per week and students can attend to receive additional instruction or help on specific assignments.

LaSalle: LaSalle is a program for freshman only.  If a freshman student does not complete their assigned homework and turn it in the day it is due, the student will receive LaSalle from their teacher and be required to attend a teacher’s office hours that same day from 3:45-4:45pm. LaSalle was created and implemented to reinforce that the student’s day is not over until everything due has been completed and if they have problems or questions on an assignment, they have the means to receive help.

AIP: AIP (Academic Intervention Program) applies to all students at Golder College Prep and is in place to help students struggling with grades and coursework.  Every two weeks Golder prints progress reports for each student, and if at that time a student has below a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or more than 2F’s on their progress report, they are required to attend office hours for teachers from 3:45-4:45pm Monday – Thursday until they raise their grades above a 2.0 and have less than 2F’s. Golder’s AIP program provides students with the opportunity to work with their teachers after school and receive additional help and guidance.

Night School: Golder offers night school classes and summer school classes for students to make up credits for previously failed classes. Night school and summer school registration is held after the end of semester 1 and semester 2. Exact courses and curriculum vary each semester and year.

Enrichment classes: Enrichment classes are offered throughout semester 1 and semester 2 and are usually non-traditional courses, chosen and instructed by our Golder staff. These classes change semester to semester and students can gain enrichment credits through these classes, which are necessary for promotion from grade to grade. More information about enrichment classes can be found under the extracurricular activities tab.

Sports: Golder offers different sports from fall to winter to spring.  Practices and games are often held after school and students must be in good academic standing to participate.  More information on Golder’s sports programs can be found under the extracurricular activities tab.

Collegiate Seminar
Collegiate Seminar is designed to guide students through the research, application, financial planning and matriculation process for college. This course is modeled after college level instructional practices, in an effort to best to prepare students for college level studies. Fall semester is dedicated to the college research and application process. This includes creating a list of ten appropriately challenging and diversified colleges/ universities for which to apply to and completing college applications by December. By the end of the semester students should be able to identify their prospective colleges' graduation rate, average "out of pocket" cost, type of college (state university, research university, liberal arts college) and average ACT/ GPA accepted.

Spring semester is dedicated to financial aid and financial planning. Students are guided through the FAFSA as well as private scholarship research. Spring semester is especially exciting as students receive their college acceptances and make their final decisions about where they will be matriculating to in the fall. Parents are a crucial part of the financial aid and decision process and are expected to play a active role in meeting deadlines and communicating with the college counselor, the student's advisor and the student about goals, questions and concerns they may have.

Golder's Collegiate Seminar course is a uniquely designed to assure students have all the resources and tools necessary to matriculate to and graduate from a four-year university/college. Proper preparation for the academic, financial, emotional and social demands of college is essential to realizing college graduation and opening the door of opportunity to all our students.

Learn more about the opportunities we offer our students.

Extracurricular Activities