The upper high school consists of the both the Applied Arts and the Brooklyn school buildings. The students range in grade levels but most often are 11th and 12th grade students. The majority of the students participate in a concentrated learning model. The students spend 10 weeks concentrating on core academic subject including social studies, math/science, applied arts, and English. There are currently 26 students in our building. There are two certified teachers in each classrooms offering small group lessons, personalized assignments, discussions, project based learning and integrating learning across subjects. For example, there is a literature component to the civics rotation where students read a book, “Nickel and Dimed” related to the work force and socioeconomics. The social science rotation focuses on four main areas of history including United States History part one and two, World History and Civics. The science rotation includes Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Biology, and Chemistry. In math the students learn Algebra one and two, Pre- Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Geometry and Consumer Mathematics. In the English rotations the students work on the writing process, research skills, documentation, creative writing and lastly they write a thesis paper for their senior project.
Some of the field trips the classes go on include: Boston Science Museum, Windham Textile Museum, Prudence Crandall House, and Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The Applied Arts program visits various locations to see first hand the role graphic design plays in our community.
Last school year the senior trip was to Washington D.C. There the students were able to visit The Holocaust Museum, The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Smithsonian Art, American and National History Museums and the Air and Space Museum.
There are various activities offered for our students to participate in where our staff runs personalized groups to allow our students to further explore interests, future possible careers and demonstrate vocational skills. Some of these activities so far this school year include journalism (newsletter), culinary arts, art appreciation, music composition, and vocational education (work crew).