New York City, US. 
Public high school, 
Founded in 1972, 
Number of students:685, 
Age:Grade10-12 

External and experiential learning typified by internship
City-As-School is a public high school located in the West Village of Manhattan, New York City. The school has been the nation’s leading external learning or experiential learning model for high school students, including who had difficulties to adapt to traditional schools. The school offer students a multitude of learning experiences combining regular classwork with off-site internships. The school offers a variety of internship programs to students through mutually beneficial cooperation with New York City civic, cultural, and professional, and business organizations.



City-As-School (CAS) High School is the nation’s leading external learning or experiential learning model for high school students. Started in 1972 with 15 students and the 4 staffs, the school has grown to about 700 students, and 80 staffs dedicated teachers and administrators.

Offer students a multitude of learning experiences
– Provide students with background to achieve success as adults
– complete their high school education through hands-on work experience

External and experiential learning typified by internship
– combine regular classwork with off-site internships
Internship programmes utilizing facilities of New York City business

Combining regular classwork with off-site internships
The school offers nontraditional academics, combining regular classwork with off-site internships.

There are three basic components to the programme: classwork, internships, and the preparation of portfolio for graduation.
– Classwork:
Same as any high school, City as School offers a range of classes across traditional academic subject areas. Students take classes of math, english, history etc. In addition, students participate seminars to discuss their experiences both at their internships and in the school community.
– Internships:
Students have practical learning experiences through working in community resources of a business, civic, cultural, social and political nature in New York City.
– Portfolio:
As part of educational program, students must complete a graduation portfolio, which is comprised of a research paper, personal essay, career plan and a complete college application.

The school year is divided into four eight-week cycles. Each cycle students spend between 16 and 32 hours per week at one or more of the community resources (internships) they elect from a quarterly catalog. They typically enroll in between two and four classes held at the school and two seminars, also held at the school. Advanced students may also enroll in college courses or other structured independent study programs offered by institutions around the city.
Students are awarded a Regents high school diploma after earning required credits and completing the graduation portfolio.

Utilizing facilities of New York City business
City-As-School offers a programme utilizing the facilities of over 500 New York City businesses at which students participate in professional activities.

The school offers a variety of internship programs to students through mutually beneficial cooperation with New York City civic, cultural, and professional, and business organizations. Some examples of organization include the following:

-The American Museum of Natural History
-The American Stock Exchange
-Bellevue Hospital
-Ellis Island Immigration Museum
-Le Cirque 2000
-Marvel Comics
-NOW/NYC
-NYS Supreme Court
-New Youth Connections
-Metropolitan Museum of Art
-Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
-Thirteen/WNET

The school provide students with the background that they need to graduate from high school and achieve success as adults.

Students can choose place to learn despite obstacles and challenges
– Provide opportunity to many students with difficult background

Students at City as School are grade 11 and 12 transfer students (entering with a minimum of 20 credits), and come from any of the public, private or parochial schools, including those who have struggled at high-performing schools, are coping with depression and anxiety, or who have floundered at schools that neither met their needs nor tapped into their strengths and interests. Variety of External and experiential learning utilizing the community provide unique programme which is equivalent to high school education.

Influence of external environment as public school
maintain their principles in changing policy or system
requirements and accountability


Reference

City as School | http://www.cityas.org/
Seher, R., Birnbaum, M., & Cheng, A. Y. (2016). City-As-School: Internship-based Learning in New York City Public Schools. Occasional Paper Series, 2016(35), 3.