P-TECH high school partners need to be flexible yet firm.
A rigorous and focused curriculum is the hallmark of any successful school, but it is particularly important to the P-TECH Model. The school has no prerequisites or testing for admission and is committed to graduating all students within six years with an industry-recognized AAS degree.
For this reason, a P-TECH school’s instructional activities must be carefully and purposefully designed. The curriculum must drive toward helping all students develop the skills and knowledge they need to graduate high school, earn an AAS degree, and be eligible for a 21st Century job—regardless of their level upon entering the program.
A schedule that includes both high school courses and college courses can be challenging to build. The goal is to blend the two learning contexts into a seamless Scope & Sequence to allow students to progress and meet the increasing demands of the program.
The program is primarily focused on English, mathematics, Workplace Learning and technical courses. These should be designed to support and reinforce one another and to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the relevant professional field.
Furthermore, it is vital that High School Partners bring their expertise around curriculum, learning standards, programming and pedagogy to the model, while also being open to innovation and new ways of working.