Cardwell Programs: CREDIT LAB, STAR, House

  • Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center is also known as Cardwell Prep. We serve students who are seeking an non-traditional schooling environment. Our school offers a small personalized environment and flexible school hours from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

    Our School is composed of three student programs: Grad LAB, House, and STAR.


    Our STAR Academy is limited to 75 students. This program recruits over-aged 7th graders who are seeking to be placed back on grade level. During their 8th grade year, these students are able to attend Cardwell Prep, complete an 8th and 9th grade curriculum mix and end the year with enough credits to be considered 10th graders for the following year. This program also recruits over-aged 8th grade students who would like to attend Cardwell Prep as 9th graders.

    Our House is composed of 9th through 12th graders and is our largest population of students. These students have the typical 8 period day schedule with late arrival or early release as an option for qualifying students. These students complete the House Bill 5 Foundation High School Program and are able to receive endorsements.

    Our Grad LAB program is computer-based digital instruction for students who need to complete a few credits to graduate and require a half day program. This program is for 12th graders.


    Cardwell Prep also houses the District's Compensatory Education Home Instruction (CEHI) Classroom which is a part of the Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Students (TAPPS) program. CEHI is offered during her maternity leave, the six weeks after the delivery. Instruction is provided by a certified teacher, known as the CEHI instructor, 4 hours per week for most students.

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