A different kind of program. Down to the details.
Take a look at our frequently asked questions for a better idea of what Stride Career Prep can offer your student.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stride Career Prep?
Stride Career Prep is a program that offers a career-focused education to prepare your student for life after high school. Expanding on traditional vocational education curriculums, Stride Career Prep includes courses in fields such as business, information technology, and health and human services.
Why should a student choose Stride Career Prep?
Students have a number of reasons for opting into this program. For students who already know what they want to do after high school, taking career-focused electives starts them on an early path to their eventual job. For others, Stride Career Prep can help them define their interests and possible career paths. And still others may just enjoy courses that they can apply to everyday life—mastering skills like teamwork, project management, and leadership.
What are career fields and career pathways?
A "career field" is a broad term for an industry classification. Stride Career Prep offers courses in five career fields:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Health and Human Services
- Information Technology
These career fields are further divided into "pathways," which are specializations within that career field. Each career field has one or more available pathways. For example, Marketing is a pathway under the Business career field.
Is Stride Career Prep different from homeschool?
Yes. Stride Career Prep is a program offered at many Stride K12-powered schools. These schools are not homeschools, nor are the students who attend them considered "homeschooled." Stride K12-powered schools:
- Have state-certified public school teachers
- Have an established curriculum determined by the school
- Have a strong school administration (e.g., principal, assistant principal, etc.)
- Issue transcripts, report cards, and conduct parent conferences
- Comply with mandatory state assessment test requirements
- Comply with state attendance policies and academic progress requirements
- Comply with applicable state and federal academic and fiscal accountability requirements
How much does it cost to attend a school that offers Stride Career Prep?
In some states, Stride Career Prep is offered at a tuition-free Stride K12-powered school. In other states, Stride Career Prep is only available through a Stride tuition-based, private school option. You can also choose individual courses for purchase.
Can students change their selected career field or pathway?
Yes. We understand that a student's interests may change. While Stride Career Prep is structured to help students find the career field and pathway that best fits their skills and interests, we're flexible. Students can change to a different pathway or even change to an entirely different career field.
To learn more about Stride K12-powered schools, visit K12, a Stride Company.