Academic professionals take ownership of their academic development that is manifested in their speech, comportment, preparation, and execution of scholarly endeavors. They adapt to new circumstances, are self-motivated, and produce quality work. Academic professionals are hospitable to the ideas of others seeking to engage, listen and understand rather than dismiss or attack.
Academic Ownership - Students take ownership of their academic development, seeking to learn from multiple sources and interactions while developing maturity, humility, and grit in the process. These qualities will be manifested through their speech, comportment, preparation, and execution of their scholarly endeavors. Their individual distinctions will also have communal benefits, as students recognize how to contribute to a team while acknowledging and valuing the strengths of others. In addition, they display an ability to adapt to new circumstances, are self-motivated, and produce quality work. They will seek to use their academic gifts to the fullest extent, pursuing a life of the mind that opens doors for lifelong learning and increased awareness of how they learn best.
Intellectual Hospitality - Students who are intellectually hospitable bring a submission, respect, and humility to the work, subject, or claim before them. They seek to engage the material on its own merit, even if they disagree. Rather than attack, they first seek to listen, and rather than dismiss they engage. Intellectually hospitable students enter into the material, allowing it to have an effect and impact, prior to their evaluation and analysis.
Excellent scholars display critical thinking across academic disciplines, have completed a rigorous four-year college preparatory curriculum, persevere when faced with rigor and unexpected challenges, and create time to reflect on and internalize what they have they have learned so that learning will have a transformative impact on their lives.
Critical Thinkers - An independent thinker evaluates information before accepting it as true and can effectively gather and logically order information across academic disciplines and in different contexts; evaluate the validity and soundness of deductive arguments and evaluate the probability of inductive arguments; construct and defend his or her own arguments; identify formal and informal fallacies; identify and employ authorities, assumptions, and axioms in argumentation; and creatively work to solve complex problems.
Reflective Learners -A reflective learner creates space and time to internalize information and ideas, process what they have learned, and make meaningful connections across disciplines and between faith and learning. Students display metacognitive skills; they know how to learn and have a keen understanding of their own learning style and thought processes. They identify when they require additional information or clarification. Students will seek answers, engage in deeper level understanding, develop more thoughtful arguments, and strive for a greater purpose in their daily lives.
Persevering Learners - Students look at difficulty and challenge as part of normal life and as a chance to grow and develop. They fulfill their responsibilities and commitments independent of how they feel about the circumstances and atmosphere. They understand that good things often come through hard work in the midst of challenges. Students are committed to the value of perseverance, faithfulness and are steadfast in times of challenge and tension.
Knowledgeable and Skillful Learners - A graduate of Pacifica completes the requirements of a rigorous four-year college preparatory curriculum that exceeds the UC minimum requirements with the skills ready to engage a college curriculum and experience.
Effective communicators will speak and write with clarity, purpose, authenticity, and civility. Their actions will align with their words, thus promoting authenticity and not merely style or polish. They are able to interconnect with others in a variety of ways while retaining their authentic voice and perspective. They will learn to confidently express their thoughts and opinions in their writing and speech. They will communicate with respect toward others and themselves. Students will also traffic in a multitude of technological platforms rife for creative expression with a consistent focus on what is an appropriate balance between the private and the public. The variety of communication will enhance their traditional academic pursuits, stimulate effective problem-solving, and foster originality.
Confident Writers - Students will write controlled, cogent effective compositions anchored in logic and while developing their unique voices. They will adhere to the established rules of grammar and usage with an eye toward technique and style. Each student will be encouraged to find and develop his or her unique voice while also understanding irony, nuance, and audience. They will write with authenticity, conviction, and compassion.
Eloquent Speakers - Students will speak with clarity, purpose, effectiveness, and respect. Each student will be encouraged to find and develop his or her unique voice while also understanding irony, nuance, and audience. They will speak with authenticity, conviction, and compassion.
Active Listeners - They will respect the reciprocity of communication, learning how to listen to others and engage accordingly while carefully considering others’ perspectives. They will practice intellectual hospitality and critical analysis.
Thoughtful Readers - Students are able to actively engage text across multiple genres from fiction to nonfiction, from graphical presentations and data to the written word. Students successfully integrate strategies, skills, and prior knowledge when understanding a text. Students can summarize main points, understand vocabulary and make inferences, judgments, and comparisons.
Joyful learners find joy, not only in the results of their academic engagement but in the process of learning as well. Scholarship is recognized as both an end in itself and a means to a deeper understanding of the individual, their purpose in the world, and the world itself. Joyful learners possess self-knowledge. They are aware of strengths, areas of growth, gifts, abilities, and the relationship of those gifts and areas of growth to God and the community. Because they are self-aware, they graduate with a sense of direction, meaning, and purpose.
Virtuous and Courageous Men and Women
Virtuous and courageous men and women hold themselves to high moral standards, pursuing what is good, beautiful, and true. They grow in their own Christian faith or in the understanding of Christian faith taking on the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faithfulness, hope & love. They exercise the moral courage necessary to live boldly with meaning and purpose impacting their own lives and the lives of others.
Virtue - Students engage the topic of faith, having an open honest conversation about God, themselves, and life while respecting the views of others. They either grow in their own Christian faith or in the understanding of the Christian faith. As students pursue a life of faith and mature, they take on the life of Christ displaying the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faithfulness, hope, & love. Students look to make connections between faith and virtue and what they are learning in and out of the classroom.
Courage - Pacifica students, with a foundation of learning & faith, develop imagination, dreams, and visions and the moral courage necessary to live boldly with meaning and purpose and to enact positive changes in our world. They display leadership and courage in their own life first while seeking to lead and impact others from a position of social, academic, & spiritual maturity. Each student seeks to lead and display courage according to their own personal giftedness and personality.
Students learn to value community in their own lives. They seek to build authentic relationships, seeking their own good as well as the good of others. They understand the value of positive critique and creative opposition in their own lives and the lives of others. Students are globally aware of the important economic, political, religious, and social forces that impact their lives.
Committed to Community - As students seek to develop into good young men and women they do so in the context of community, building strong authentic relationships. They seek not only their own good but the good of others. They understand that their own happiness and joy are magnified in community. They look to not only the uniqueness of others but the similarities as well; unity and diversity. Students develop strong interpersonal and communication skills that lend themselves to fostering relationships. They learn the value of compromise, the art of forgiveness, the blessing of kindness and compassion.
Creative Opposition - As students interact in and out of the classroom they learn the value of positive critique from others. They seek the truth, understanding that it is difficult yet the key to personal maturity, spiritual growth, and academic excellence. They learn to speak the truth in love, to listen well, and the value of additional perspectives; iron sharpening iron.
Globally Aware - Students are culturally & socially aware of others both past and present. They have an understanding of concepts that impact the world including social, cultural, political, and economic relations. They develop cross-cultural communication skills and an international perspective.
A student graduates with direction when he or she proactively approaches the post-high school transition by making intentional decisions to strategically reach realistic and informed professional, personal, and existential goals. A student who graduates with direction will likely conceptualize graduation as a transition to somewhere not from somewhere.
Direction often entails but always exceeds college acceptance and major selection incorporating a sense of one’s professional options, relational expectations, and a sense of one’s strengths and limitations, which comes from one’s knowledge of the world and oneself (self-knowledge). Self-knowledge includes understanding one’s personality; character; learning styles; and intellectual, artistic, and physical talents.
Academic pursuits are an important source of shaping directions, but not the only source. Internships, jobs, and other non-academic experiences play an essential role in informing and shaping an individual. By interacting with teachers, counselors, and great minds students can draw upon both academic and nonacademic experiences in an academic setting to flesh out a sense of who they are.
A student who graduates with direction will likely conceptualize graduation as a transition to somewhere not from somewhere.