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Engaging Minds. Building Futures. 

Purposeful Work

WE GET YOU READY FOR THE YEARS AHEAD by engaging you in things that matter in the present. Your coursework will be much more powerful than a test score, because you will be authentically solving real problems for the real world. Your work will have true meaning as we support you in fully implementing your challenge solutions for real community impact. This work culminates in a portfolio of artifacts that make you distinguished among your peers in knowledge and skill.



Your courses will take you into the community to learn from professionals and contribute in authentic ways.  

Apprenticeships and internships give you the opportunity to experience various career pathways and better define your future goals.

Cross-curricular projects allow you to apply course content in solving real-world challenges.

Challenges are authentic, therefore, you are afforded the time to fully implement your ideas in the real world, not simply present them to the teacher.

You will demonstrate your positive impact on our community with exhibition nights, community engagements, and digital publications of your work.


Connecting the world to your learning allows you to build life skills alongside deeper content knowledge.  

The Compass course helps you develop personal wayfinding strategies for navigating your personal path through life.  

Your challenge work artifacts illustrate your mastery of our five core SA graduate competencies. 

Your portfolio will distinguish you in applications to colleges and future employers.



Your transcript will clearly identify you as a scholar to colleges, scholarship committees, and employers.

Your portfolio tells your story as a communicator, creator, and balanced citizen with agency to overcome obstacles and empathy and character to engage and lead others. 

The network you create through four years of community-based learning opens doors of opportunity in the short and long term.

Begin building your college transcript through dual-enrollment. Find Catawba’s highly transferable courses here.

By senior year, your week more closely mimics a college schedule, thus building your confidence and competence to manage the college workload.

Your course progression assures you have the skill and knowledge necessary to achieve personal best on assessments like PSAT, SAT, ACT.


"We don’t want students who do things just because they think they have to in order to get into college. To the contrary: we want students who lead balanced lives, who pursue their interests with energy and enthusiasm, and who work cooperatively with others, all of which will help them be successful in and after college.” 

- Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions" (read the full Harvard Graduate School of Education article here)

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