What’s The Purpose?

The candidacy process outlined below is designed to prepare students to succeed in a learning environment that places the ownership for learning on the student. CPS is not a good fit for every student. The program requires sustained motivation, discipline, and the ability to work closely with multiple adults and peers to make progress. By completing the candidacy process, students are able to demonstrate the desire and ability necessary to successfully work toward a diploma at CPS. This process also helps us to identify if we are able to meet the specific needs of your student.

How Does It Work?

The steps in the candidacy process are designed to be completed in a reasonable time period, the tasks will typically take 2-3 weeks to complete. The steps must be completed in the order in which they are laid out on the candidacy checklist. If enrolled, students will earn one General Elective credit toward graduation for having completed candidacy. Assistance with completing the candidacy process is available on a drop in basis at CPS anytime Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

What Are The Steps?

  1. Pick up a candidacy packet from the school or download it HERE no later than March 7, 2022

  2. Go to cps.almastart.com and create an account for your student

    • cps.almastart.com

      • Click Create Account

      • Create a student by clicking on “Get Started” and enter appropriate info

      • Once student is created, you can “Start New Student Enrollment” This is where you will find the steps of candidacy.

      • Some forms are for parent/guradians to complete, some are for students to complete

  3. Complete the paper-based candidacy assignments (see attached checklist and materials)

  4. Once all paperwork assignments are complete, set up a life coach session. (Parent/Guardian attendance is encouraged, but not required.) Our life coaches are Jayde Lanning (jlanning@communityprepschool.org) and Jo-Lynn Garlow (jgarlow@communityprepschool.org) please email them to schedule your appointment.

  5. Once the life coach session is complete, the life coach will pass a recommendation along to administration and a final enrollment decision will be made.

  6. Once enrolled, complete new student orientation on the specified date (see deadlines below)

Candidacy Deadline Schedule:

  • Start Candidacy Process: On or before March 7, 2022

  • Candidacy Essay Outline Workshop: On or before March 10, 2022

  • Paperwork Deadline (all Forms and Assignments complete): On or before March 17, 2022

  • Life Coach Session: On or before March 17, 2022

  • Student Start Date/Orientation: March 28, 2022