The Terra Nova Program is an intervention program designed to help students with high academic potential that might need added support during the school day to reach that potential. The program is for 10th and 11th grade students at Cupertino High School.
Students start in the Terra Nova Program their 10th grade year. During that school year, the students take three classes in the program with their Terra Nova classmates. The three classes include World Literature (WL), World History (WH), and Terra Nova Life Skills. All sophomores at Cupertino High School take World Core, which consists of the WL and WH courses. The Terra Nova World Core classes follow the same curriculum and have the same assessments as all sophomores.
During the students’ 11th grade school year, they take two Terra Nova classes: (1) Terra Nova American Literature and (2) 11th Grade Terra Nova Life Skills. The students exit the program after their junior year. Hopefully, the students feel comfortable and confident going into their senior year after their two years in the program because they will have taken advantage of the various supports the program offers.
|Geoff Wright||(408) 366-7376||Assistant Principal|
|Monique Ronalter||(408) 366-7388 ex.4922||Terra Nova Team Lead/Teacher, World Lit. 10 & Life Skills 11|
|Gregg Buie||(408) 366-7328||Guidance Counselor|
|Denise Salin||(408) 366-7329||Student Advocate & Counseling Support|
|Kimberlee Morgan||(408) 366-7388 ex.4896||Teacher, World History 10|
|Ashley Hooper||(408) 366-7388 ex.4818||Teacher, American Literature 11|
|Alvin Choe||(408) 366-7388 ex.4813||Teacher, Life Skills 10|
- Where is the Terra Nova program located?
- Can I come in for a visit?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I still go to college if I’m in Terra Nova?
- Will I be labeled?
- Who teaches the program?
- Will the program affect my class schedule?
- Are the Terra Nova classes harder or easier than equivalent classes?
- I'm Interested - What do I do next?
- Smaller Class Sizes
- Terra Nova Life Skills
- Counseling Support from a Student Advocate
- Cohort Studying, Learning and Bonding
Students take this elective course to help them succeed academically. The class is built into the students’ schedules so that they have time to learn study skills and complete homework for all of their academic classes. If the students use their time wisely, they often leave this class with much less homework than they had at the start of the school day. Students can ask for help from peer tutors during this class to help them in their math and science courses, which is another bonus. Additionally, there is some curriculum built in to help the students organizationally, socially and emotionally.
Counseling support is led by the Terra Nova student advocate, Denise Salin, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT). Students choose to meet with Denise for counseling support as little or as often as they want and/or need. During this counseling, students learn effective ways to listen, problem solve and support their peers. They discuss common topics and challenges that teenagers face such as stress management, conflict management, time management and more.
Since the students in the program have a smaller class size and two or three classes with this small cohort of students, they build a strong familial-like bond with their peers. This is one of the most unique and impactful components of the program; the students learn to rely on, support and empower each other.