It’s pure experiential learning. If you’re interested in heavy equipment, you’ll be digging with an earthmover. If you like robotics, you’ll program manufacturing robots. Thinking about being a chef? You can eat your homework! Want to design web applications? Spend half of every high school day doing that!
It’s a chance to try a career field without wasting time and money. If you wait until college to figure out whether you want to be a healthcare professional, graphic designer, veterinarian, or whatever, you’ll spend months (or more likely years) and tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition to decide. Instead, you can try out that career path while you’re still in high school.
You’re in a class with 20–25 of the same people for two years, and you’re preparing for the real world. Know what it feels like to be treated as a professional while you’re still in high school.
You can earn college credit—both for academic subjects and in your career field. Many students graduate with up to a year’s worth of college credits.
For information about all the high school programs available, go to hs.greatoaks.com. Students attend for their junior and senior year.