There are many alternative work and educational experiences to consider during high school and beyond. Consider the following options for vocational school, post-graduate studies, summer programs and work experience. All provide valuable experience and learning opportunities that make sense for you.
Summer School: Several area schools offer summer school programs for students who have failed a course during the school year. Click for a list of local high schools offering programs. Before taking a summer school course, students must obtain prior approval from the department to ensure that the course will satisfy Weston's requirements.
TeenLife Boston is a great resource for experiential programs, service opportunities and jobs. Check it out!
Alternative Post Graduate Plans: If you feel like college may not be for you, you are not alone. Many students struggle with deciding whether or not college is the right path for them. Fortunately, there are various options for students considering something other than college. Below is a brief description of a few of these options. Please schedule an appointment with your guidance counselor if you would like additional help in searching for the right path for you.
Post-Graduate (PG) Year- A post-graduate year is typically an additional year of academic study in a boarding school style of learning. The PG year is usually offered by independent private schools throughout the country and stresses the ideal of the student’s achieving their greatest potential. For those interested, the Guidance department has a list of private schools in the New England area that offer a PG year. Below are some resources to help get you started on your search.
Boarding School Review- www.boardingschoolreview.com
Private School Review- www.privateschoolreview.com
Gap Year- The gap year is increasing in popularity around the country. Students who take a gap year typically take the year off between high school and college to do something educational and meaningful. The programs vary from opportunities for learning & internships to volunteering & travel. Below are some helpful websites to facilitate your search.
Center for Interim Programs- www.interimprograms.com
Outward Bound- www.outwardbound.org
National Outdoor Leadership School- www.nols.edu
Volunteer Scientific Field Research- www.earthwatch.org
AFS Intercultural Programs- www.afs.org
Corporation for National and Community Service- www.cns.gov
City Year- www.cityyear.org
Peace Corps- www.peacecorps.gov
Programs & opportunities for study, internships, work & travel- www.whereyouheaded.com
Internships Programs with Dynamy- www.dynamy.org
The Armed Forces- The branches of the armed forces include: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and US Coast Guard. Check out the website of each branch to see if this is the right career path for you.
Air Force- www.af.mil
US Coast Guard- www.uscg.mil