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From firefighting to gourmet cooking, students at vocational and alternative schools are getting an education that’s out of the ordinary. Take a look at some of these unusual schools.

 

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How's it different from your school?
The Stratton Mountain School of Vermont caters to student athletes. Twenty-six of the school's graduates have competed in the Olympic Games, including 2006 snowboarding medalist Lindsey Jacobellis.

School perks:
Study by day, snowboard by night.

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How's it different from your school? The $63 million eight-acre Philadelphia campus includes a 480-seat performing arts center, science labs, two gyms and a fitness room, centered around the school's interactive learning hub. Students use digital lockers, online planning calendars and laptops instead of books.

School perks: Co-created by the brains at Microsoft, students simulate a typical workday (arrive at 9:15 a.m. and leave before 5 p.m.) and focus on traditional business exercises like team building and time management. Plus, with flexible class schedules and personalized lesson plans, students learn at their own speed and level.

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How's it different from your school?:
Enjoy cooking? The Culinary Arts Academy program prepares teens for a career in the food service industry.

School perks:
Students get to serve up recipes at their own restaurant, the Culinary Arts Academy Cafe.

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How's it different from your school?:
One of the country's first auto tech-training schools, the academy offers classes in electricity, propulsion systems, technical writing and drafting.

School perks:
Pick up a socket wrench and learn how to build and repair cars.

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How's it different from your school?:
Teens interested in firefighting can spark their careers at New York's High School for Fire Safety.

School perks:
Climb ladders, learn first aid and even slide down a fire pole.

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How's it different from your school?:
Through travel, group activities, and long-term research projects, expeditionary schools focus on life skills and college prep.

School perks:
Learning isn't just busy work-- expeditionary schools challenge students to learn through travel, field studies and investigative research.

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How's it different from your school?:
California's Duncan Polytechnical focuses on several areas of study: Agriculture, health, business, public service and industrial technology.

School perks:
From classes in auto technology to veterinary science, this school has it all. Specialize in 25 different vocational areas.

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How's it different from your school?:
Schools in Florida are considering legislation that would require students to select a major before entering high school. Math, science, history, social studies, art, foreign languages or vocational skills-- teens will be expected to pick an area of high school study and stick with it through college.

School perks:
Not interested in 16th century history? Pick a subject you enjoy, and become an expert in the field.

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How's it different from your school?:
The High School for Global Citizenship emphasizes world events and culture.

School perks:
The school offers a wide range of classes and seminars.

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