|Cypress Heights implements curriculum and educational methodologies developed by the National Consultants for Education (NCE). NCE is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement. NCE distributes and supports educational products and services related to the Integral Formation method of education that Cypress Heights adopts. Cypress Heights works closely with NCE in the areas of curriculum, professional development and student formation.
Integral Formation® is based on and practiced through the following educational principles:
1. Christ-Centered Spirituality
Our school sets Christ as the model. He is at the center of all our efforts. All our actions, programs, initiatives, goals, and work – the whole school program – exemplifies our desire to know, love and imitate Christ. He is the ideal for our students and all those associated in the education of the students.
2. Love, Motivation, and Conviction
True formation cannot be imposed. Educators need to consistently and positively motivate their students to respond freely, internalize ideals, and become convinced of their actions based in truth. Internal conviction begins by forming the students in moral principles, guiding them to know, love, and desire the goals set before them. An educator does not demand from a student without motivating first, and this motivation has to be grounded in love for God, the student, and others.
3. Forming Leaders
Our aim is to prepare leaders who will work to transform society according to the principles of justice and charity contained in the Church’s social teaching. Our desire is to offer the Church and society integrally formed men and women who will be true Christian leaders in the various spheres of society, a leaven to renew society as a whole.
4. Personalized Education
Each person is unique, endowed by God with a combination of talents and gifts all his own. Life circumstances for each student are different depending on the student’s family, social, economic, emotional, and moral settings. As such, the education of each student is undertaken on a personal level. Teachers, administrators and staff members know each student and care for their personal improvement, striving to meet each student's unique needs.
The school relies on effective teamwork and cooperation among all faculty and staff to achieve the students’ education and formation goals. As teachers work closely with the members of administration and other staff to ensure a high-quality education, the integral formation of the students takes place. By bringing their understanding of the dynamics of the classroom and their knowledge of each individual student, the teacher makes a vital contribution to the effectiveness of this team.
6. Academic Excellence
The school strives to provide our students with the highest quality intellectual formation. Our courses are rich in content, thorough, and well-grounded. Teachers follow a curriculum that is designed to challenge the students, building on the knowledge and skills acquired in prior years. We employ the most advanced and proven educational tools for the integral formation of our students. These and other programs allow the graduate of our school to enter high school prepared and confident.
7. Education by Goals
We place great importance on programming the educational effort according to clear goals, accompanied by specific means to achieve each goal. As a school, we hold ourselves accountable for achieving these goals for the benefit of our students. Each teacher contributes by setting and achieving personal goals for each student and for each class in line with the school’s overall goals.
8. Family Involvement
For the education program to be effective, we need communication and contact with the student’s family. The home is the all-important setting where the greatest part of the student’s non-scholastic life is lived and developed, and where his/her personality, character, and behavior are developed. The school encourages regular and meaningful communication between the teacher and the family to ensure that the principles and teachings taught at school are supported at home.
9. Social Responsibility
We give special importance in our school to making students aware of social realities and of their call to respond in service out of love. We organize service opportunities that bring our students into contact with people and situations where suffering and injustice exist. We seek to awaken in our students a sense of social responsibility that will continue to grow throughout their lives.
10. Ongoing Education
Integral formation is a life-long journey. The school works hard to nurture and promote a deep love for learning and ongoing formation, both in the students as well as the faculty. Through their commitment to ongoing professional development and dedication to their vocation as educators, teachers naturally transmit this love for learning and ongoing education to their students.