Who We Are
We operate from a core belief that student achievement must be measurable, transparent, and constant.
Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School is a 5-12 public school in Antioch. Currently, Intrepid educates prepsters in fifth through ninth grade and will continue to add one grade each year which will include two grade-based academies, Opportunity Academy Middle School (5-8) and Independence Academy High School (9-12) by 2020. Within our seamless 5-12 model, Opportunity Academy prepsters become Independence Academy scholars on a path to excellence in higher education and the professional world beyond.
The majority of students in Antioch-area public schools are low-income students, students of color and English Language Learners all of whom only have a one-in-ten chance of graduating from high school and completing college. Moved by these statistics, as well as a history of low literacy and math achievement rates, founder Mia Howard applied to create Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School in 2012, and welcomed its inaugural class in 2013.
Intrepid College Prep was established to help change realities for Antioch-area students, and to provide a college preparatory choice for parents and families. With a deeply committed founding team of experienced urban educators, we are motivated to close both the academic achievement and wealth gaps in Nashville.
Preparing Intrepid College Prep prepsters and scholars to transform the 21st century means that every Intrepid College Prep prepster and scholar must possess:
- Strong knowledge of academic content
- Problem solving capability
- Creativity and the ability to work with multiple ways of representation
- Motivation to learn, intellectual independence, and ability to self-educate
- Communications skills (oral, written, teamwork, and interpersonal skills)
- Global awareness, vision, a sense of human responsibility and ethics
More Time: Intrepid College Prep has 190 highly structured days of school, 7:30 am to 4:15 pm, far exceeding learning time in Antioch-area middle and high schools. Our days are designed to promote and incorporate academic achievement, quality instruction, demanding curriculum, and individualized support.
Redefining “College Prep”: Our curriculum has a focus on college preparation, financial literacy, and ethics, which are all essential for success in higher education and the professional world beyond. Additionally, we focus on character from a performance perspective, teaching students to embody our PRIDE values – Professionalism, Rigor, Initiative, Discipline, and Endurance.
Teacher Talent: We invest in exceptional teachers to achieve exceptional results, and devote substantial resources to attracting and retaining our Blue Chip Faculty.
Literacy-Rich Curriculum: Starting in fifth grade, Intrepid College Prep stresses literacy in the classroom with 180 minutes of literacy instruction daily and a minimum of 30 minutes of independent and accountable reading through Drop Everything and Read (“DEAR”).
Measuring Results, Not Intentions: Data-driven instruction is the cornerstone of our academic program. We administer frequent external and internal assessments, modify curriculum as needed, and provide immediate support to every prepster and scholar so that they achieve the best academic results possible.
Culture of Success: Supported by our PRIDE values (Professionalism, Rigor, Initiative, Discipline, and Endurance), our small school environment provides the platform for high levels of learning, student achievement, and efficiency. In middle school, we use tight transitions during instruction, economy of language, and clear systems to maximize instructional time. In high school, we gradually release structures and systems so that our scholars are prepared for the opportunities and independence of the college experience.