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Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers

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What is TCALC?

TCALC is all about students solving real-world problems with real tools, used by real professionals, being mentored by real employers, leading to real contributions in the professional area. The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC) is an innovative high school program created through business partnerships. This program provides students with the opportunities to deeply explore professions of high interest through profession-based, inquiry-based, and project-based curriculum as a junior and/or senior. Students are provided authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high-demand, high-skill 21st century professions.

What is CAPS?

The CAPS movement began in Blue Valley in 2009 and the model is now being utilized by school districts throughout the country. CAPS focuses on active learning. Students are exposed to a unique blend of problem-based, project-based and design-based learning while practicing professional skills taught throughout the program. The program strives to remain on the cutting-edge of evolving workforce needs, working closely with business and post-secondary partners to develop course work that reflects emerging trends.

Community Investment

TCALC programs establish and nurture relationships with business partners that are mutually beneficial, sustainable, coordinated and multi-faceted. Our partners help shape curriculum, provide projects, support professional development, invest in equipment and supplies and provide job shadow opportunities, speakers, mentors and internships.


The district will provide busing to and from the high schools to TCALC and back. This must be arranged in advance. Additionally, students will need to consider the travel time necessary for busing, such as arriving early to catch the bus or arriving back to the high school past 3pm. Travel time cannot be determined until mid-August.

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