Local Charter High School Offers Non-Traditional Curriculums
What looks like a constructions site, is actually a high school campus. Students are learning real life trade skills everyday. And yes, they still have to take science and math.
"Math that they used to hate, that was difficult and they didn't understand, all of a sudden makes all the sense in the world because they're using it every single day in their career programs," says teacher Bret Scoggin.
Programs that focus on fields like architecture, engineering and construction are what the Academy for Career Education - or ACE High School is all about. The tuition-free charter school provides hands-on learning in a way that traditional schools can't.
"I just wasn't engaged in school, but going into ACE, I got a lot more engaged in school, brought my grades up to way higher."
Brett Butler is now a junior at ACE High School and has won several awards at national plumbing competitions. His mom grace says this kind of learning made a huge impact on her son. "The skills that he has gained, the experience he has gained from have ACE us unbelievable," says mother Grace.
"Many of the employers are coming to us for these students, because they know what kind of skills they have." They pay $40-$50,000 a year - to start.
ACE High School says their non-traditional curriculum leads to results. Last year 85% of ACE High School students went on to graduate.
"I've been to a traditional school and I've been here, and I'd pick here every single time."
ACE High School is open to all Washoe County students and admission is first come first serve.
If you want to learn more, ACE High School is holding an open house Saturday, May 31 st from 11 am to 1:00 pm on their campus, located at 2800 Vassar Street in Reno.