- What is WISE?
What is WISE?
The WISE Program (Wide-ranging Interest-based Senior Experience) allows 4th year graduating seniors an opportunity to participate in a internship/shadowing opportunity, pursue a personal project or other personal growth option in place of regular school attendance for the last 4-6 weeks of senior year. Students spend a minimum of 25 hours/week in WISE and present about their experiences in an expo style format at the end of the year called the WISE Showcase.
The documentary film linked below, produced by senior Jed Orlando ('19) as his WISE project, explains more about the program.
- Eligibility for WISE
Eligibility for WISE
In order to be eligible to participate in WISE, students must be graduating seniors in their 4th year of high school. Students must be in good academic standing and must be passing all courses required for graduation. Students who are failing a graduation requirement will not be placed in an internship until they are deemed passing by the teacher. Students who have excessive absences or disciplinary infractions may be ineligible to participate in WISE. Students who need to take a required regents exam must take and pass the exam in the January administration in order to be eligible to do WISE.
Students need to complete a series of 4 short packets designed to reinforce workplace skills and expectations. 3 of the packets must be completed and returned to the WISE Coordinator before a student will be cleared to begin WISE. Final packets are due shortly after the WISE Showcase. Students will receive a grade for WISE and .5 credits.
- Information for WISE Sponsors
Information for WISE Sponsors
Please consider hosting a WISE intern at your workplace. Sponsors are needed in all areas of industry (STEM, medical, business, trades, arts, education, etc.). WISE Sponsors agree to host a student at the workplace for 4-6 weeks from May-June for 25 hours a week. Students can shadow employees and assist with the organization's operations where appropriate. Sponsors are asked to sign a weekly time log and complete an evaluation at the end of WISE. Students receive credit for the experience and therefore cannot be paid. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from the worksite.
If you would like more information about becoming a Sponsor for WISE please contact the WISE Coordinator, Julie Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org