Mission and Vision
The mission of Gause Academy of Leadership and Applied Technology is to provide a nurturing environment in which each student is motivated, inspired and instructed to achieve his or her full potential of becoming a positive, proud, confident, and productive individual of society.
The Academy of Converging Technologies at Gause (Gause) will enroll approximately 400 students who will be actively engaged in multiple career pathways, all leading to high-skill careers.
When students enter Gause, they and their parents will work with school staff to create individualized career/education plans (CEPs) that will be updated at least annually until graduation. A CEP will identify a student’s career interests and list the courses to be taken at Gause and in a postsecondary program in preparation for entering the chosen career field.
The Gause curriculum will present students with a vision of the world-of-work and prepare them to graduate ready to enter both the workplace and postsecondary education. Enrollees will also be involved in co-curricular activities and will compete with other students from across the district and the state. Moreover, within their classes, students will be occupied in a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face instruction. Because much coursework will be self-paced, Gause students will be able to take advantage of academic acceleration and thus advance their grade levels as appropriate.
A business and community advisory council will oversee Gause. Business and community partners will be visible in the academy on a daily basis. Indeed, the reality of the workplace will be reinforced throughout the school with activities that will include the following:
- Business partner flags and banners will be prominently displayed outside the school.
- Individual businesses will sponsor rooms inside the school.
- Partners will act as speakers in the classrooms and as resources when students work on projects.
- Students will practice workplace and team skills throughout the curriculum.
- Project-based learning will be used across the curriculum and will actively engage students in analyzing situations and solving problems.
- All Gause enrollees will participate in work-based learning activities. They will each also complete a capstone project during their junior and senior year. These work-based experiences will be designed to build student awareness of all aspects of a chosen industry.
Furthermore, to ensure that students receive the ongoing, individualized support they need for success in this exciting and up-to-date, yet demanding, educational environment, academy enrollees will participate in a teachers-as-advisors program that will reinforce the academy’s family atmosphere, guarantee that academic issues and interests are addressed in a timely manner, and make sure that parents are continually part of the conversation about each student’s educational needs.
In short, Gause will provide a small learning community built around a career theme that will enable students to see relationships among academic subjects and their application to a broad field of work. Students will be provided with day-to-day support, but they will also be expected to perform. Most significantly, the partnerships among Gause staff members, business partners, the community, and parents will be designed to guarantee that all students succeed and that they leave Gause with the skills needed to transition into careers and adulthood.
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