"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

Connected Learning

The HUB Program    5 credits

  • Prerequisite(s): Freshman or Sophomore status and completed application and acceptance

Through the HUB Program, students have the opportunity to access a Vermont state standards-based curriculum, develop important 21st century skills that will make them viable employees, and develop an understanding of themselves, as both lifelong learner and valued community member.  Through career and interest exploration, including informational interviews and job shadows, HUB Program students work towards designing a dynamic weekly schedule, including 3 days of academic classes and project-based learning, and 2 days of work in an interest-based internship at a community partner site. These learning experiences will prepare individuals to pursue their true interests and passions, expand intellect and develop responsible citizenship. The program offers students the opportunity to earn 5 credits during each academic year including: Science (1), English (1), Social Studies (1), P.E. (.5), Teen Explorations (.5), and learning through an internship - LTI (1).

Job Shadowing

  • Open to all grades

If you’d like to experience an occupation that seems interesting, the best way to learn is by being there! Students are encouraged to work with Next Step staff to arrange job shadows in businesses throughout our area. Often students conduct several shadows to compare occupations. A shadow consists of spending 2 hours to a full day with a person who is in a job of interest. Next Step will help find a shadow location and help you to prepare for the visit.


Independent Study    Credit Proposed by Student and approved by committee

  • Open to all grades                                                                       

Independent Study provides a process for students to design learning tailored to their passions and interests. This study can take place at Harwood, at a community-based learning site or at another off campus location at any time of the year. All credits earned in an IS are applicable to Harwood’s graduation requirements. IS has several requirements. First, students must locate an advisor who is certified/qualified in the field of study and complete a learning proposal and submit to the IS committee for review. The IS committee meets monthly and proposals can be submitted at any time during the school year. If an independent study is intended to meet a graduation requirement, seniors are required to complete the study by the end of the first semester of their senior year.

Work Experience Release Time (650)     max of 1 credit for grades 10-11, max of 2 credits for grade 12, Elective credit                   

  • Prerequisite(s): Application and acceptance through Next Step                                           

Students who are employed for a minimum of four hours per week are eligible to receive elective credit. This experience gives students the opportunity to work and learn the skills necessary to maintain employment and build work experience that may or may not be related to a future career. Students must submit a training agreement, quarterly employer evaluations and quarterly reflections

Internship with a Service Learning Focus (660)    1/2 credit/quarter, Elective credit

  • Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior status                                                                                                     

Students seeking to gain practical experience in a career can conduct a service-learning project as well.  With assistance from Next Step, students determine the project selection, planning, and implementation while maintaining academic integrity and citizenship.  Students meet monthly to meet with Next Step staff to support their project work.

Community Based Internship (653)    1/4 credit/quarter, Elective credit

Motivated students who are seeking to expand their knowledge of future career areas may intern in a community-based learning site. These paid or unpaid experiences provide opportunities for students to work within a career area in order to gain in-depth information about the field. Internships are established with the support of Next Step personnel.

Harwood Community Learning Center (HCLC)                                     

  • Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior status, (Sophomore may apply for Semester 2) and completed application and acceptance.  Credit type and amount are determined by HCLC teachers and the student.

Harwood Community Learning Center (HCLC) offers students the opportunity to tune their education to their particular learning needs. Through student driven, project based learning; students are able to meet their academic requirements in a format that best reflects their learning style. All HCLC students are required to earn a Career Exploration credit where students explore their career related strengths and interests connect to community employers, experience job shadows and eventually a structured internship. HCLC students are held to very high personal performance standards while they pursue academic material that has meaning and value to them. Students work independently in a quiet, non-distracting environment in an adult atmosphere based on mutual respect and personal responsibility. HCLC supports students, as they understand that they can be successful as a learner both at the high school level and in post-secondary education as well.