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Learning in the Community

The greatest learning happens not by learning about but rather learning through.  FUTURE Academy students gain valuable insight about their community by observing and interacting with it, experiences that can be far more meaningful than traditional classroom learning.


Future Academy sophomores and juniors participate in internships throughout the community.  Some students choose to work in a classroom environment while others work in family and social services.  Academy students apply what they learn in the classroom about child development, human behavior, and sociology to their internships.


Students become effective agents of social change by working with mentors in the context of a community organization.  At the core of the internship experience is the mentor relationship.  Academy students are paired with mentors to assist in the learning process on site.  The primary role of the mentor is to nurture students as they learn to work in a service capacity.

Field Trips

As a learning tool, teachers plan field trips to supplement what goes on in the classroom.  Students explore beyond the school setting to gain perspective on themselves and the world around them.  Field trip destinations have included the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center and the Holocaust Center of Northern California.

"You feel good doing something to help them and you get to learn something new yourself."

"I feel like a better person knowing that I can make a difference and also impact others with the little I can give."