At Chatsworth Charter High School the Humanitas Academy is a small learning community which has been developed by expanding the highly successful Humanitas Program that has existed for more than 20 years. By focusing on the humanistic aspects of the preexisting program, the Humanitas Academy helps students gain an understanding of the socioeconomic, psychological and political foundations of society and explore how to use that information to meet human needs through education and human services. Through curriculum concentrated on themes relating to education and human services, students develop their own identities and explore careers in teaching, social work, special needs, psychology, health, counseling and public service.
The Humanitas Academy of Education and Human Services is a collaborative environment where students engage in interdisciplinary project-based learning. Students connect to the classroom and local community through real life experiences, hands on learning, community partnerships and peer interaction. Humanitas teachers empower students by providing those opportunities for developing personal accountability, leadership skills, civic responsibility and a global consciousness. Humanitas Academy graduates are critical thinkers who have a strong sense of identity, value learning and see opportunities for personal growth.