Work Study Program

The Work Study Program provides junior and senior students an opportunity to meet their academic requirements for graduation while gaining valuable work experience along with the ability to earn credits and a paycheck. Through this business experience, they will build the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to be successful in higher education, in the workplace and in life. Students participating in this program will attend their academic classes daily and be granted an “early dismissal” or “late entry" to participate in employment during school hours.

The basics of the program include:

  • Students and parent/guardian must sign the NHS Work Study Contract prior to participating in this program.
  • Students must have employment prior to starting the program.
  • Students will work a minimum of 12 hours per week.
  • Work Study hours will replace 3 scheduled classes at either the beginning or the end of the day (flexible based on student preference and employer). Students will be enrolled in their 4 core courses throughout the entire year, which they will need to attend on a daily basis – according to their schedule.
  • Students will receive 3.75 credits for each term upon completion, with a total of 15credits at the end of the school year.
  • The student will leave the building daily at the time of dismissal and have arrangements(transportation) to leave school grounds at that time.
  • Students must maintain passing grades in all academic subjects.
  • Work supervisors will be contacted on a regular basis to review hours and work status.
  • If absent from school, the student will not attend work on the same day. (The student will be removed from the Work Study Program if they attend work and not school).
  • If your schedule allows you to work early morning and then attend school and you should become ill while at work, you must call in the absent line at school.
  • If assigned a detention, the student will serve it within 3 days of the date assigned.
  • The student will attend school each day scheduled for classes. You will lose credit after 7 unexcused absences. You will receive a detention and or suspension. In the event that the student is excessively absent, after 7 unexcused absences, you may also be removed from the Work Study Program.
  • Student will meet with and inform the Career Counselor immediately if he/she is considering quitting their job prior to giving notice to the employer, working with the Career Counselor to find other employment.
  • If a student quits or is fired from employment, they must return to school as a full-time student (to replace work study time) at the start of the next term. They will be enrolled in their 4 core courses throughout the entire year, which they will need to attend on a daily basis – according to their schedule.
  • The student will maintain a good attitude and be cooperative while in school and on the job site. 

Employment Practice: Employers of Natick High School students may not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.

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