Branching Out is a program for students who want to expand their learning beyond the classroom. Branching Out offers an integrated learning experience, meeting student needs that existing programs alone cannot address.
Branching Out focuses on different styles of academic learning, especially with community mentors. Learning plans may include aspects of School-to-Work experience, Community Service Learning, or a Senior Graduation Project.
Branching Out is for students who want to:
Create individual learning plans based on their own goals and learning styles.
Attend regular U-32 classes for at least half of each school day.
Spend a portion of each day learning independently, outside of school.
Get high school credit for completion of their learning plans.
Study subjects not currently offered at U-32.
Work and study with mentors in the community.
Branching Out students need to:
Demonstrate independent study skills and a strong desire to learn
Cooperate, communicate and keep commitments
Ask for and accept support from adults and peers
Be dedicated to learning and the development of self-discipline
If this sounds like you, ask your TA or U-32 counselor for a Branching Out brochure and application form. A Branching Out program may be used to qualify a student for full-time status.