Flex prep

Thirty California charters specialize in career prep, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oakland Aviation, which will enroll 100 students in each grade level, is the newest of California’s specialty charter schools that train students for fields including astronomy, firefighting and film production.

Charter schools, which are more flexible in curriculum and teaching than other public schools, have capitalized on vocational education by offering real-world experience through internships and professional training.

The schools use industry-specific concepts to teach academics. At Oakland Aviation, that might mean flying and studying paper airplanes to learn some basics of physics, or writing research papers on famous aviators for history and English.

To make time for academics and vocational classes, the school has a 7-1/2-hour school day; in the first two years, students spend four hours a day on English and math to build their skills.

About Joanne