The Student Success Skills program is a comprehensive, school-wide effort to teach student skills and learning strategies. Cathedral Catholic High School’s Student Success Skills initiative centers around fostering social, emotional, and academic success. Our student-centered, holistic strategy focuses on the student as a whole and aims to support areas of strength while identifying and addressing areas of growth. As a result, we are better able to support all students with one goal in mind–student success!
The idea of programmatically teaching student skills and learning strategies is research supported. In addition to research by Robert Marzano and his claim that a self-actualized student is the best type of student, David Conley’s book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core, is also supportive. Conley (2014) states that “while mastery of content knowledge and proficiency with cognitive strategies are unquestionably important, student ability to employ a range of skills and techniques essential to the learning process and to master the transition to post-secondary programs may over the long term end up being as important as their content knowledge and cognitive strategies” (Conley, pg. 71). He further claims that “no single factor may be more important to student success than the degree to which students take ownership of their learning and are allowed to do so” (Conley, pg. 73).
8 skills that are vital for student success
the ability to use time productively.
identifying what you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and timeframes.
the ability to continue working towards a goal despite challenges or setbacks.
knowledge of one’s own personality, feelings, motivation, goals, strengths, weaknesses.
a reason for acting.
knowledge that one needs help and looks for people or resources to help.
assessing one’s achievement in goals and reassessing one’s next steps.
belief in one’s ability to succeed in accomplishing tasks or goals.
How does the program work?
Objective: Over the course of the 16-17 school year, freshmen will develop their knowledge, ability to apply, and cultivate the value of the Student Success Skills relative to achievement.
Student Skills: All departments will intentionally teach time management and one of the skills under the umbrella of goal setting.
- English: Motivation
- Language: Progress Monitoring
- Math: Persistence
- Religion: Self-Awareness
- Social Studies: Time Management and Goal Setting
- VAPA/PE: Self Efficacy
- Science: Help Seeking
Additionally, three Frosh Success Days are scheduled for October 13 & 14, January 12 & 13, March 16 & 17. During these days, each freshman will meet with his/her religion teacher and guidance counselor to reflect on the past grading period in light of the student success skills.