Using the theme of sustainability to gain and demonstrate academic skills, students in small groups, stay together and move three times a day. Equity is an overarching theme in areas that study language arts and social studies, and all sciences can be tied to the environment which is often studied during field trips at Kennedy. Lastly, economics adds context to mathematical understanding.
Using online courses, PASS packets, group class work, and trips, students earn credit at their own pace. Students attend half-day, five days a week and are supported by certified teachers.
Students who want to move on, to adult responsibilities, can earn a GED with support at Kennedy. This includes taking the Ready Test to identify academic area for review, acquiring vouchers, and setting up tests at UO, LCC, or UCC.
Kennedy Conservation Corps
Perseverance and grit are learned in the field working year round in all kinds of weather. Students learn forestry, botany, and basic work skills like filling our time cards and meeting job expectations. In addition to earning minimum wage, college credit are earned with supplemental journaling.
Tuesday afternoons, snacks and social events support the learning at Kennedy. In addition, specific tutors are on hand to help students with essential skills needed to earn their high school diploma. Social service agencies provide services for teens at risk.
Students receive one-on-one services to support pregnancy and parenting (moms & dads.)