High school is not an end in and of itself, but preparation for what is next: be it life, or college or career entry. Attleboro has a long history of fostering success for each student’s individualized expectations. Just as previous schools in the city eventually outlived their usefulness, so has the current AHS.
In the early 1960s Attleboro made a commitment to expand upon basic trade skill development for “non-college bound” students, so as to ensure job-readiness, and expansion of vocational offerings continued for decades. Nearly sixty years later, massive changes in the world of work have yielded career paths that did not exist when the current AHS opened, many of which require completely different skill sets than what was imagined by prior generations.
As the new millennium dawned, the Attleboro Public Schools committed itself to a continual process of Career and Technical Education program assessment. Through this process, APS ensures that students are receiving “state of the art” training in career paths that are relevant and capable of providing living-wage employment either immediately out of high school or after post-secondary training. In addition, highly technical programs such as Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Information Services were developed and have become sought-after opportunities for students. Another program, Medical Assisting, was created to address a rapidly growing demand, and in the new AHS, Dental Assisting will also be available to students. All of this is to say nothing of the popularity among hands-on learners for traditional construction programs, which are of increasing demand due to retiring baby boomers.
Some might question the fiscal conscientiousness of maintaining a “state of the art” CTE programming, when surrounding towns are members of Regional Vocational Schools.