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John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy is an alternative charter high school with campuses in Lower Manhattan and in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. We cater to young people (16 to 20 years old) who want to return to school or who need to complete their secondary education in a safe, gang and violence-free, small-school atmosphere, or who are running out of time before aging out.
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School ("JVL Wildcat Academy") is an alternative high school for students in grades 9 through 12 who have literally or figuratively "dropped out" of traditional public schools. When such students seek admission to JVL Wildcat Academy, they are requesting a second, and often, final chance to achieve academic success and earn a high school diploma. JVL Wildcat Academy is located at two sites, one in the Bronx and one in Manhattan. The Bronx site houses 250 students grades 9 through 10; the Manhattan site houses 200 students grades 11 and 12.
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School has been offering students real-world internship experiences since 1993. Students attend school every other week; during the alternate week they participate in 20-hour internships in fields including construction, business, health care, communications, office support, theater, childcare, community development and education.
Each assignment is for a minimum of one term (September-January, February-June, July-mid-August). Internship sites are not required to pay students. We ask in return that organizations take a minimum of two interns (one for each alternating week) and that students be involved in meaningful work, be trained, supervised and evaluated and have experiences that will assist them in making informed career choices.
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