Research Studies

Action Research: A CAPE Charter School Imperative

Administration and teachers at CAPE actively engage in action research projects each year. Here are a few of our research studies.

Emotional IQ Development:  2013-2014

The goal of this project is to support the students’ acquisition of tools that will further develop their emotional IQ, i.e. their ability to function emotionally within the classroom and to increase student engagement and therefore student performance.


Engagement within Culture Based Second Language: 2012-2013

This project aims to increase student engagement within the second language classes via mentorship and, as a result, increase student comprehension and appreciation of the beauty of other cultures and languages.


Classroom Real-Life Applications of the Learning vs Quality Output:  2012-2013

The goal of this project is to increase the amount of time on task and the general quality of student work through the engagement of students in a long-term project that embeds relevant curricular and life skills.


Classical Music & Entrepreneurship: 2013-2014

The goal of this project is to

  • increase student engagement in mathematics activities.
  • increase student knowledge of numeracy concepts.
  • increase student achievement in math.


Beginning Reader Skills in Kindergarten: 2013-2014

The goal of this project is to enhance and build strong beginning reader skills and a solid foundation in reading among the K children.


Total Integration Project: 2009-2012

The question that this project aims to answer is whether or not CAPE's Total Integration program increases student engagement and, therefore student achievement.  The study group is limited to grade 4 through 9 students.


Student Engagement Study: 2009-2012

The question that this project aims to answer is whether or not CAPE’s Total Integration program increases student engagement and, therefore student achievement. The study group is limited to grade 4 through 9 students.


Culture-Based Second Language Study: 2006-2009

The second language program has been restructured into what can best be described as culture-based second language. It intertwines vocabulary and grammar with cultural elements of the various peoples across the globe that speak the language.


I.S.E.E. ~ Integrated Setting For Enrichment Education: 2006-2009

Parental feedback and teacher observations during the implementation of CAPE’s Gifted/Talented Project suggest that younger talented or gifted students might benefit from a similar project. The number of gifted students at CAPE has increased so that almost half of the grades four and five are students which fall into this category. Their program requirements have indicated the need for a homogeneous group in which to learn.


Wellness Research Project: 2003-2006

The purpose of this project was to increase physical fitness through nutrition and fitness initiatives, to increase mental well-being through bullying, anger management, problem solving, and conflict resolution programs, and to increase social health through volunteerism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and citizenry.


Gifted and Talented Research Study: 2003-2006

A program has been developed to address the emotional, social, and academic needs of this group of gifted or talented students. It’s goal is to increase academic achievement particularly in language, mathematics, social studies, science, and technology as well as to increase social/personal skills such as group interaction, problem solving, self-direction, independence, and organization.


Personal Growth Research Project: 2000-2003

CAPE, in an effort to promote students’ personal growth, developed a diversified multi-interest set of 'community outreach' projects. These projects cater to a variety of student needs and interests, afford students the opportunity to interact with the community, support the academic program, foster the development of citizenry and interpersonal skills, and encourage the acquisition of conflict resolution and decision-making skills.


Enrichment / Remedial Language Study: 2000-2003

To promote the development of literacy skills, and reading in particular, within the at risk student population and to support the continued language development of those that are already doing very well, CAPE developed the Enrichment/Remedial Language Program.


Mentorship: 2014 - 2017

The goal of this project was twofold; first, to develop teacher capacity to deliver high-quality learning experiences, and second, to develop my skill set to work with individual teachers (recognizing different learning needs, styles, paces, motivating factors, etc.) to build the human capital with the school.


Student Engagement Analysis: 2013 - 2014

This project measures the engagement of students on three levels:





Peer Mentorship: 2013 - 2014

The goal of this project is to increase students’ problem solving ability levels via peer mentorship as well as immersing the students in problem solving activities that foster divergent thinking skills as well as critical thinking skills, while increasing confidence and engagement.


Mind Up in the 8-9 Classroom: 2013 - 2014

The goal of this project is to develop students’ executive function skills and increase student engagement.


Stability Balls & Engagement: 2012 - 2013

This project aims to increase the students’ ability to focus, to stay on task, to interact respectfully and effectively, and to engage in the learning.


iPads As A Study & Learning Tool: 2012-2013

The goal of this project is to provide students with a tool that allows them to make study notes so that they can then study the curriculum goals covered as well as the other concepts presented in class. The desired outcome is an increase in student achievement as demonstrated through an increase in test scores.


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