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Internships

Helping students to connect their academic core work with real-world experience.

Internships help connect young learners to the academic core work they are doing in their classes. We have partnered with 100+ local businesses to provide students hands on experience working in their fields of interest.

Our Internship program is the foundational pillar of our school. Internships help connect young learners to the academic core work they are doing in their classes. We have over 100+ local businesses that have partnered with us to provide students hands on experience working in their fields of interest. EVERY student will participate in internships during their time at Future School.

Future School student at internship
College Opportunity

College level courses allow students to earn credits they can apply to their college career.

College level courses through Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC), UAFS, and Arkansas Tech allow students to earn credits they can apply to their college career. College is not for everyone but everyone should have access if they desire that opportunity.

Access to College opportunities is a hallmark of an equitable community. When students are engaged in academically rigorous college level experiences through our affiliations with the Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC), UAFS, and Arkansas Tech they gain the opportunity to get credits they can apply to their college career. College is not for everyone but everyone should have access if they desire that opportunity.

Future School student at internship
Advisory

Students spend one hour a day in advisory working on core skills will set them up for success after high school.

Advisories are the core grounding point for our students success. Students spend one hour a day in advisory working on core skills such as college and career readiness, internship goal setting and assessment of experience, and non-cognitive skills that will set them up for success after high school.

Every student is assigned an advisor and each advisor has about 20 advisees they will guide from 10th grade to graduation. Students spend one hour a day in advisory working on core skills such as college and career readiness, internship goal setting and assessment of experience, conflict resolution, end of semester exhibition work, and non-cognitive skills that will set them up for success after high school.

Future School student at internship
Non-Cognitive Skills

Non-Cognitive Skills or socio-emotional skills are increasingly being identified by employers as essential to success in the workplace.

Non-cognitive skills cover a range of abilities such as conscientiousness, resilience, perseverance (grit), and teamwork. These skills are critically important to student achievement, both in and beyond the classroom.

Non-Cognitive Skills or socio-emotional skills are increasingly being identified by employers as essential to success in the workplace. Non-cognitive skills cover a range of abilities such as conscientiousness, resilience, perseverance (grit), and teamwork. These skills are critically important to student achievement, both in and beyond the classroom.

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What Is Future School?

The Future School of Fort Smith is a tuition-free, public charter high school centered on a personalized approach to learning via student-designed internships, personalized learning plans, and an advisor for each student. We serve 10-12th grade students, as well as the needs of their families and community. Our student-centered model engages students from all backgrounds. We sincerely believe in the potential for each student to identify interests, cultivate in-demand skills, and graduate ready for the real world through partnerships with local K-12, higher education, and business/community organizations.

Future School of Fort Smith is proud to be a Big Picture Learning School (BPL). BPL was established in 1995 with the mission of putting students directly at the center of their own learning. As the first Big Picture Learning school in Arkansas, Future School of Fort Smith is blazing a trail of innovation. To learn more about our national network of schools, check us out at bigpicture.org.

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Real World Experience

Our student-centered model engages students from all backgrounds. We sincerely believe in the potential for each student to identify interests, cultivate in-demand skills, and graduate ready for the real world through partnerships with local K-12, higher education, and business/community organizations.

Future School's Internship Network

Now Enrolling!

Interested in having your child attend Future School of Fort Smith? Perfect! We are now enrolling for grades 10, 11, & 12. Just click the Get Started button in this section and answer a few quick questions and we will get back with you about the enrollment process.

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