Collaborative Alternative School Curriculum
The CAS academic curriculum is a standards-based curriculum based on the guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The CAS curriculum is designed with two cardinal beliefs in mind:
- All students want to learn and have life experiences which can be connected to their academic learning.
- Academic courses are best taught through the use of hands-on authentic learning experiences. Whenever possible, field-based and projec-tbased lessons are incorporated into the curriculum.
CAS is committed to providing each student with a concrete set of career skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in classes such as basic carpentry, culinary arts, and computer literacy. Each year students enrolled in the basic carpentry class put their skills to use in real world experiences such as repairing and building furniture and buildings at Camp Steppingstone.
Students enrolled in the culinary arts class learn basic culinary skills through a combination of preparing school lunch and breakfast items, as well as providing food services to a variety of community organizations throughout the year. In addition, our Vocational Coordinator meets with students to teach career skills and connect them with apprenticeship and job opportunities throughout the local community.
Our annual Career Day brings in dozens of local business owners to meet and interview students. Essential career skills are dovetailed into our academic curriculum to ensure all of our students have access to them. Each student who transitions on from CAS leaves with a resume detailing the skills they have obtained.
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