ACADEMICS (learning center and NWEA)


Carpe Diem means “Seize the Day” and that’s what our students, teachers and families do every day as we make the most of each day’s learning opportunities. We educate with knowledge, equip with character and empower students for college, career and life.

Carpe Diem Innovative School – Westwood educates students with an innovative mastery, project-based learning model. The model combines a rigorous digital curriculum with instruction led by highly-effective licensed teachers and individualized support from personal coaches. Our students learn in small, safe campuses featuring a relationship-driven atmosphere.

By operating on a mastery-based system, we focus on what a student knows and understands instead of placing a child in a classroom based on age. Rather than having to wait for a classroom of peers, students are motivated with being able to move on to meet career and educational goals.

Our students are assessed to identify their current instructional levels and then an Individual Learning Plan is created to place each scholar in courses to accelerate learning to maximize his or her full potential. Accelerated goals are set for maximum productivity and progress is tracked in real time. Specifically, we are able to monitor data and keep track of each student’s progress. Based on this data, we can tailor specific projects and lessons or provide additional support or resources.

In the classroom, our teachers utilize project-based learning – allowing students to investigate and solve complex real world issues, challenges and problems. Through this dynamic educational style, students learn while focusing on their personal interests by working hands on with community organizations and businesses to gain deeper knowledge. Research proves project-based learning increases the understanding of subjects, improves communication skills, enhances leadership proficiencies and heightens global readiness.

Independently, students complete a portion of their curriculum online. By working online at their own pace, students are able to advance quickly or receive additional support in specific areas to truly master content. Additionally, students are able to work anytime and anywhere Internet access is available. Historically, Carpe Diem students average completion of two years of curriculum in just one school year.

Our students are expected to earn a Carpe Diem Distinguished Diploma and must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • Academic achievement in math, English/language arts, science and social studies
  • Career maturity defined by creating an effective post high school educational plan
  • Financial literacy assessed via a national program
  • Physical fitness and wellness habits consistent with personal life goals and family values
  • Community service participation
  • Responsibility demonstrated by strong attendance and course completion

Students are able to participate in dual credit opportunities and also internships. With close proximity to leading universities, colleges and companies, students gain real world experience during college level courses and internships.