Upon completing their studies, students will receive both a high school diploma and credit towards coursework and/or certification in their concentration area. The curriculum will better prepare students to enter university and allow them to either work during college or go directly into the workforce if they so choose.
In their junior year, students will declare an academic major and enter an academy within the school. They will continue to take their core high school subject classes together with all other students from other academies.
When possible, there will be opportunities to specialize in core academic subjects on relevant learning that will be needed to enhance their understanding of their academic major. (For example, business proposals and legal briefs may be assigned in English courses to students in their respective academies. Advanced biology electives will be offered to those in the Health Sciences and the study of electricity will be assigned in Physics to those in electrical contracting.)
In addition to the full range of traditional high school subjects, we will offer business writing courses, financial literacy for small business owners, and fundamental contract law to fulfill graduation requirements and address our students’ real future needs.
We believe that the most valuable career training begins on the job. The Builder School Senior Internship Program connects our fourth-year students with local businesses in their area of interest, for a weekly internship. This may be a full year at one company, or divided among 2-3 businesses, one day a week. During their internship, students will actively participate in the workplace under a mentor’s guidance.
Businesses will be chosen from within our community, and each internship will include the intern’s participation in professionally related activities. Students will perform all relevant duties and become integral members of the team. This can include specific supervised project work, collaboration with other workers, or independent tasks that the student can perform with minimal supervision, with projects that are specifically designed for the student to develop his or her skills. Training may be in any discipline or involve any profession within their major academic area, so long as the student is an active participant in activities related to that field of study.
Our goal is to allow students to experience being an active member in the workplace, build professional connections, and expose them to new career opportunities for their future.