The Apprentice Academy High School of North Carolina prides itself on having a unique and innovative learning model that is the first of its kind in the state.
What Sets Us Apart?
We are focused on Student Centered Learning. What does this mean? Our education process blends real-life work experience with collaborative critical-thinking learning where the student and teacher work together for an individual plan for success. According to Careertech.org National Survey Results (2017), “A top aspiration for parents and students is finding a career about which they or their child is passionate.”
The survey also revealed that 55% of parents and students who participate in Career and Technology-focused Education (CTE) are very satisfied with their overall school experience compared to 27% of their traditional academic counterparts.
Work-Based Learning AAHSNC has partnerships with local businesses in the community, and through these partnerships, students in 11th and 12th grade will have access to apprenticeship opportunities within their chosen career paths.
Students in an apprenticeship program learn specialized skills needed in today’s workforce, gain valuable experience that may lead to long-term employment, and are paid a progressively increasing wage as they learn the occupation.
These youth apprenticeships are registered with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and any work completed is transferable to an adult registered apprenticeship upon graduation from high school.
Personalized Learning AAHSNC utilizes the Summit Learning Platform, a curriculum developed through the support of the Gates and Zuckerberg Foundations. In this model, students have the unique opportunity to do much of their coursework online, advancing at their own individual pace.
Summit Learning Promotes Career Ready Skills Through:
Why Is This Important?
Many employers report that they are struggling to find qualified workers to fill open positions. The causes and degree to which they have hiring difficulties are complex. But the reasons given for this problem often include job seekers’ lack of skills (both “hard" and “soft”), certifications or training and work experience. The 2014 Employer Needs Survey of North Carolina shows:
45% of employers had difficulty hiring for at least one position in the past year.
40% of employers had “absolutely critical” vacancies in their business.
It took employers three times longer to hire for positions that required work experience, education credentials, and technical skills.
Through the AAHSNC and Summit Learning education model, students become self-directed learners and develop the behaviors and mindsets for success. Furthermore, teachers customize instruction to meet the students’ needs and interests and mentor them through regular check-ins, ongoing feedback and coaching. Benefits of this learning includes:
Students work in teams to mimic and solve real-world problems. Here, they gain the soft skills employers are looking for and which will help them be successful in any work environment.
Students learn at their own pace. At AAHSNC, students are assessed on their progress, not time in the classroom.
In compliance with Federal Law, Apprentice Academy of North Carolina in all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the school's Title IX Coordinator at email@example.com or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.
Apprentice Academy is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code