Will NOLA support student's job-preparedness? Is training in a trade an option for NOLA students? What about students that want to take the GED? Can NOLA students receive a diploma? What about a high school transcript? What about college?
First, when it comes to college and/or job preparedness, following the development of a positive self-identity, meaningful relationships and the empowerment of young people that is so often lacking in public education, preparation for the future is at the forefront of our minds in developing the school, and in our work with students.
Our students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures. It is possible to pursue your dreams, and gain admission to any college of our students choice without a traditional high school transcript. We will prepare our students to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. We intend to provide life-changing, confidence-building adventures that will allow students to demonstrate those through the development of individual portfolios and public demonstrations of learning. Home schooled youth are admitted to college all the time, and in fact, as of this year, new legislation allows approved home school programs to offer a high school diploma!
If our students are interested in preparing for a GED, we are also equipped to offer support for these pursuits. This will likely only be necessary as we work to provide interested students the option of duel-enrollment with us and a local community college (i.e. Delgado) during what would be their junior and/or senior year.
When it comes to career development and technical training, we will work to support our students in securing intensive internships with professionals in that chosen industry, providing opportunities for "real-world" learning, authentic assessment and experience that could eventually provide for certification and even job opportunities.