Curriculum + Program Activities

CBT provides a 5-semester curriculum, starting in the second semester of our students’ 10th grade year and finishing when they graduate from high school at the end of 12th grade. We offer different program activities during each of the five semesters, depending on what the curriculum requires for each particular semester.
In addition, each year CBT proposes suggested eligibility criteria to help guide our high schools in selecting new groups of 10th grade students for enrollment in the CBT program. After our new students have been selected, we work hard to engage their parents and other family members during the next 5 semesters until the students graduate. And we fund scholarships that are awarded every spring to graduating CBT seniors who are committed to attending 4-year colleges and universities.


For a detailed description of the curriculum and program activities for each grade, please download a PDF copy here:

10th Grade

Although our students begin the CBT program in the second semester of their 10th grade year, they don’t start working with mentors until the beginning of 11th grade. During the second semester of 10th grade, our students receive their instruction primarily from their CBT Advisor, who is a teacher or administrator at their high school selected by the Principal to advise the students. CBT Advisors lead all student meetings during our 5-semester program.

In addition to attending on-campus meetings led by their Advisor, 10th grade students also visit two local colleges and participate in a field trip to downtown Los Angeles, where they have lunch in Chinatown (paid for by CBT) and attend a free musical performance at either Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Music Center.

Finally, during the last meeting of the 10th grade year in June, each team of 10 students makes an oral presentation to all parents regarding the two colleges they visited earlier in the year. We ask the students to describe the colleges and to summarize how they felt while visiting each campus.

11th+12th Grade Curriculum

During their 11th and 12th grade years, CBT students meet at school with their mentors and CBT Advisor approximately 8 Saturday mornings each year. In addition to attending these monthly on-campus meetings, all 11th grade students visit seven local colleges. And at the end of the summer before 12th grade, 100 rising seniors participate in a 3-day, 2-night college field trip to visit 3 UCs and 4 CSUs in Central and Northern California.

Joshua Ian