Frequently Asked Questions

What is the key difference between FHSD CAPS and regular high school?

Students in a CAPS classroom learning from a teacher.FHSD CAPS is a professionbased learning approach where students are fully immersed in the business community, treated as professionals and participate in real projects, using industry standard tools with real business partners.

Students will gain professional skills in high demand/high skill technology solutions careers, e.g. computer software engineering, graphic design, web development, IT network support, etc. Students will begin their professional network with business partners and mentors, therefore jumpstarting their career all before they enter college.

Professional skills and business partner projects are the focus for the first semester in the site location.  The second semester is focused on unpaid internship opportunities in various hosting business partner locations.

Is FHSD CAPS a trade school or vocational program?

No. FHSD CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a professionbased, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high demand/high skill 21st-century professions.

What type of credit is offered for FHSD CAPS strands?

High school elective credit and possible college credit.

What time will the classes be held?

Morning and afternoon classes will be offered. Morning classes will be held from 7:30 - 10:00 AM and afternoon classes will be held noon - 2:30 PM. Classes meet five days a week for a semester.

What strands will be offered for the 2017-18 school year?

Technology Solutions, including Digital Media and Design.

How many credits?

1.5 elective credits

Is transportation provided?

No. Student associates/family must provide transportation to and from sites.

Where will I go for classes?

Business Host site –TBD /Site will be within 25 minutes from all our high school campuses.

All students will work with various businesses in the St. Charles County area and may be required to report there for project work.

What do colleges think of a program like Northland CAPS?

College and universities believe a program like the FHSD CAPS is a differentiator for a student. Many students entering college have significant academic performance, but a student that has strong academic performance AND has professional skills, rigorous internships, and a portfolio of real business projects will leapfrog college peers.  

Two students sit at a table working on a CAPS project.

How will I be graded?

Instructors will provide a detailed syllabus with expectations.  Students are graded on project work, assessments, and professional skills (includes attendance and dress code).

What is the dress code?

Students will dress business casual every day, unless otherwise specified by the instructor regarding project work.

What if a student does not like the program once they begin?

Students can withdraw from the program within the first five school days.

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