Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education (CBE) is at the core of Brooks School's academic vision.

CBE supports our mission and core values by focusing on student practice towards knowledge and application in core competency and discipline specific skill areas. Through this framework, we strive to ensure educational equity for all our students. 

We embrace and support *competency-based education in our academic program by:

  • Designing expectations for learning are explicit, transparent, measurable, and transferable, as outlined by our school wide competencies and department skill rubrics.
  • Creating meaningful, positive, and empowering assessments and learning experiences for all students.
  • Allowing students to make decisions and practice managing their learning in specific areas of meaningful engagement, preparation and self-advocacy and assignment completion according to an all school rubric. 
  • Grounding all course pedagogy in educational equity.

*Adapted from The Aurora Institute.

Competency-Based Education at Brooks School

In practice, CBE ensures students at Brooks:

  • Engage in meaningful assessment opportunities that focus on skill development and the application of knowledge.
  • Utilize departmental skill rubrics to track their growth and progress in each academic course.
  • Know, clearly and consistently, how they earn their grades.

Our Six School-Wide Competencies

Photo of students in the classroom at Brooks School.