The WISE program gives students an opportunity to explore their passions and interests through real-life projects and internships. If a student is up-to-date on their transcript credits and NYS Regents exams by the second semester of senior year, they may be eligible to be temporarily released from their daytime classes. Past student interests have included medicine, dentistry, teaching, fashion design, funeral directing, event planning, ecology and cooking.
Students have the chance to go out in the world and are given the freedom to design their own projects. While they report back regularly to QHST they have the freedom to explore the world and pursue a passion. The program and the project culminate with a student presentation of everything they’ve learned and experienced during their time with the WISE project. During participation in the WISE program the students are supported by adult mentors from the QHST staff. They write in journals to keep a written record of their journey and they maintain classroom portfolios that document their path from the student world to the adult world.