Western Sierra YouthBuild
The academic program at Western Sierra YouthBuild offers high school diploma completion with an individualized, student-centered approach. Our teachers work closely with students to develop personalized graduation plans based on their credit needs. There is a diversity of instruction available, including whole group, small group, and one-on-one. Students also have the opportunity to obtain credits at an accelerated rate through our credit recovery program. In addition to direct instruction and credit recovery, students have the choice to complete projects that demonstrate their mastery of academic material. This is a popular choice among our students as it allows them to collaborate, exhibit their creativity, and be self-directed in their learning. In addition to the core academic subjects, students also participate in a comprehensive Life Skills program that includes career development training, emotion management, leadership development, and skills for leading an independent life. Western Sierra YouthBuild students have a strong sense of community culture that values teamwork, making positive life choices, and acceptance for all.
Western Sierra YouthBuild is a unique John Muir Charter School site in the sense that our team operates both the academic and vocational tracks of the program. Our academic and vocational programs are intrinsically linked, which supports our vision of approaching students’ learning in a holistic manner. Our vocational program is comprised of three job-training fields: (1) construction, (2) landscape and building maintenance, and (3) custodial services. Students participate in hands-on training and apply their learning by building homes with Habitat for Humanity. In the near future, we will be partnering with local agencies to build mini-homes to combat homelessness. In addition to hands-on training, our vocational tracks provide students with the opportunity to earn construction certifications through the HBI PACT program, CPR/First Aid Training, forklift licenses, and other certifications as available. Our goal is that students learn the necessary knowledge and employability skills to successfully transition into lifelong sustainable employment after completion of our program.