The senior cohort is designed to help students through the transition from one focus (high school) to another (work, college an apprenticeship, etc.). It allows students the opportunity to explore themselves (dreams, skills, the type of person they are constantly working to become), the world of employment, post-high school options and a career field of interest. The senior cohort combines a student’s interests, vision for their future, their academic skills and knowledge and will help them make professional connections.
The cohort is a combination of senior internship and senior English. The three-trimester course addresses the state standards for career related learning and language arts. Students write research papers about themselves; conduct and present career research using technological tools; apply for colleges, FAFSA and scholarships; write a detailed 5 year plan and back up plan; develop a portfolio; complete a 60 hour internship; read classic and contemporary literature; write expository, narrative and persuasive papers and speeches; and present their year-long experience to a panel of school staff, program alumni and community members.