The Colton-Pierrepont Central School District wanted to expose all students to college campuses. And leaders wanted young students to learn from high school graduates how to successfully transition beyond high school.
With teamwork being a big part of sports, the district turned to its schools’ sports mascot, the colt, for inspiration and created COLTS (Citizenship, Opportunity, Literacy, Technology and Safety) Days in 2013-14.
On a COLT Day, about 150 high school students go on a field trip, such as to local farms or senior citizen homes, while teachers stay behind to devise more creative lessons than what’s offered in Common Core, such as students teaching students and schoolwide mock elections for political science.
Students in grades 7 through 12 visit local colleges and speak with collegians about what to expect after high school.
Since COLT Days, more students are taking AP. And the district has partnered with local colleges to offer new AP courses.
To start your own program:
- Depend on a great deal of planning.
- Note that trip finances vary depending on the activity, such as going to a low ropes course or visiting a farm.