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What is the exploratory program?
- Expose the students to different vocations and technical fields to discover new interests and strengths
- Provide a general overview of the vocational/ technical fields by engaging the students in shop related projects and assignments.
- Integrate students from different communities and backgrounds to encourage new relationships.
- Support the shop selection process.
What does the timeline look like for the exploratory program?
- The exploratory program runs for 24 weeks (12 weeks of shops, but it alternates with the academic schedule.) The time line is from the beginning of September to till the middle of March
- Re-explore runs for an additional 6 weeks, which takes until the end of April to complete.
- By the beginning of May, the student spends the duration of their freshman year in their final shop.
- Specific dates change based on the school year’s calendar of events and rotation of days.
What does student services do to support the freshman during the exploratory program and the shop selection process?
During shop week, students spend time in the Career Center with the freshman guidance counselor. The 9th Grade Developmental Guidance Curriculum is designed to primarily support students in the shop decision making process. For more information, please view the “Guidance Lessons” page of the 9th grade Section. The guidance counselor is also available for individual meetings with students, as well as parent meetings to aide in the shop selection process.
How are students evaluated?
Students are evaluated through five different categories:
- COMPETENCY IN TECHNICAL AREA
- FOLLOWS TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION
- QUALITY OF WORK- SAFETY
- SHOP BEHAVIOR
Each week, a student will receive an evaluation form with their grade and comments from the vocational/ technical instructor. Evaluation forms are used as a tool in assisting the student with the shop selection process. It will offer insight on how the student performed in the vocational/technical field as well as uncover hidden interests and strengths.
Does a student have to take every shop during exploratory?
Every student must explore all twelve technical/ vocational fields. It is important that students participate in every shop to be exposed to different career paths, as well as uncover hidden talents and strengths. It is common for a freshman student to have an initial first choice shop at the beginning of the exploratory program, but change their mind to something different by the end. It is recommended that all of the freshman students keep an open mind and put their best effort forward throughout their experience!
So, my student has explored all 12 shops. What now?
After a student has explored all 12 shops, he/she will then choose their three favorite shops to re-explore. They will re-explore each of those shops for another week cycle. At the end of the re-explore process, students will then rank order the three re-explore shops, the first choice being the shop that they wish to enter.
How are the students selected for their final shop?
Students are selected based on their re-explore evaluation scores. Students are evaluated based on the same categories of the exploratory program, as explained above. Projects and assignments in the re-explore process are more in depth and specific to the vocational/ technical area.
Once the evaluation process is completed, students will be rank ordered based on their scores and the amount of students who chose the shop as a first choice. For example, if there are 12 available spots for Health Assisting Technology, then the top 12 students who chose Health Tech as a first choice will have the first opportunity to join that shop.
What if my student does not get their first choice?
Students are placed on an active waiting list if they do not get into their first choice shop. Students are rank ordered based on their scores. For example, if a student is number thirteen on a list where there are 12 spots available, that student is first on the waiting list.
If a student in a shop decides to change shops, leave the school, or otherwise vacates their position in a shop, the student on the waiting list is immediately granted the opportunity to fill the position.The student’s second and third choices are then considered once their first choice becomes unavailable. If there are vacancies in their second or third choice shops, then the student will be placed there.
If my student chose a shop as a second choice and has a better score than someone who chose the same shop as a first choice, does my student have the opportunity to join the shop ?
No. Students must choose their first, second, and third choices and will only be ranked based on that. A second choice will only be ranked against other second choices. If the student does not choose a shop as a first choice, then the student will not be compared to the other first choice for the opportunity to join that shop.