Academic Content

and Performance Standards


At Cypress, we develop the type of literacy, numeracy and thinking skills needed to access, engage and manage complex information and opportunities of the 21st Century. Aligned with the Common Core Standards (CCCS), California State Standards (CSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students will graduate with mastery of the following subject areas:


  • LANGUAGE ARTS: Students are able to read, write, speak and listen for a variety of purposes to a variety of audiences, and interpret and analyze a variety of texts for different purposes.

  • MATHEMATICS: Students are able to solve problems using multiple strategies, communicate an understanding of mathematical logic in the problem solving process, and apply mathematical concepts to real world scenarios.

  • HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE: Students are able to analyze past and present events through multiple perspectives while demonstrating an understanding of how geography, government, economics, and culture shape their own lives and the lives of others.

  • SCIENCE: Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science and engineering and demonstrate the process of scientific inquiry through experimentation, data collection and analysis, and problem solving.

  • VISUAL ARTS: Students demonstrate an understanding of how to interpret and use the visual and performing arts to communicate ideas.

  • LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH: Students are able to communicate effectively in reading, writing, and speaking a language other than English.

  • ACADEMIC ELECTIVES: Students demonstrate an understanding and capacity to apply the content and skills fundamental to each academic elective they take.

College and Career Readiness Skills

Cypress puts significant emphasis on teaching skills for students to become college and career ready; not only with the goal of students enrolling in college or applying for jobs, but to succeed in persisting through college and into career. Therefore, we emphasize:

  • COLLEGE-READY HABITS: Students demonstrate the ability to manage their time, advocate for their learning, seek out mentors, and develop the work habits essential for success in college and the workplace.

  • FITNESS/WELLNESS: Students demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of fitness/wellness issues along with a capacity to make conscientious decisions around such important matters as nutrition, exercise, and body-image. Additionally, we teach students the skills necessary to seek out support to enhance both their success and their physical and mental wellbeing.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Students demonstrate the ability to use technology as both a resource and a problem-solving tool in order to maximize the various technological resources available to them as learners, workers, and engaged citizens.

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