Clark Fork High in northern Idaho is a small school with a little more than 100 students.

But this small school had a big idea and is running with it -- with great success.

The big idea? Asking every student one question: “What is your dream class?”

The school listened, and today students are studying cooking, welding, radiology and fishing, in addition to their core classes.

Principal Phil Kemink told Idaho Education News that the transformation at his school has been significant.

“We had no clue how successful this would be,” Kemink said. “I hope these tracks will light the fire of interest in different careers.”

One student wants to be a radiology technician, so she has been job shadowing medical assistants, doctors and radiology technicians on Fridays.

This idea is working at Clark Fork High.

Could it work at a school in your district?


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Idaho Education News: Clark fork kids spend Fridays cooking, welding and painting