What is the Purpose of High School?

SET High School students gather in a diverse happy group, seemingly happy to be together and in the intellectually challenging learning environment.

What is the Purpose of High School?

Before your student rolls from 8th grade to high school, has the question come up, “What’s the deal with high school?” What truly is the purpose? At The School for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SET High) we think this incredibly important time in a student’s life is something worth much curious thought and exploration. Allow us to share our thoughts and hopefully provoke or inspire you to expand your ideas about high school to the point you ask questions.

SET High is a WASC credentialed, tuition-free public high school in San Diego. From there we’re quite different from other schools. You see how we invited you to ask questions? That’s common practice at our high school.

Life-Skills Vs. Test Scores

High school is more than a rigid path to a piece of paper that states you graduated. It’s a safe place to break the mold, explore outside preconceived notions or deny idealized perspectives before venturing into adulthood. High school is a place for learning how to think critically, ask deeper questions, and challenge oneself personally while collaborating with fellow classmates. Part of the value in SET’s high school education is the expectation to experience just how interconnected we are in this world, and how service work in the community absolutely makes an impact. We will measure our success based on how well we launch into the world compassionate citizens, motivational leaders, and passionate thinkers who will deliver astounding societal results over a lifetime.

Passion & Purpose Vs. Boredom

School feels much more important when each individual student is encouraged to discover their passion and create a learning path accordingly. Students discover their personal brand and how their brand needs to have vision, uniqueness, passionate determination, boldness, personal investment, and great communication. The culture we establish at SET ignites excitement and lends a purpose to learning. This also fosters close teacher-to-student relationships, which have been proven to increase the benefits of high school education. When students know why they are learning the subjects in their curriculum, and have personalized teacher support in this vision, they are more intimately involved with the information they are absorbing and how it will apply to their future goals. It’s difficult for anyone to figure out the purpose of high school (and ongoing education) if they don’t know why they are learning the subjects we teach and how that has anything to do with their life path or passions. Purpose serves a great purpose.

Collaboration Vs. Competition

In school and in life, progress accelerates with teamwork and collaboration over competition. SET offers each student individual attention from teachers and a healthy camaraderie with classmates. When we teach high school students to ask questions of each other, listen to the group, and collaborate on projects, they learn much more about themselves and each other than if they were learning in an environment based on competing for the highest score. SET students are provided with an intellectually rigorous environment that brings out their talents and personality. Not only do we feel this better prepares students for college, it prepares them for future employment and a path to a fulfilling life. 

Grades 9-12 are such a significant time for academic and personal development. We don’t want to kill the love for learning at this crucial time in student’s lives, we strive to fuel it. If we have piqued your interest in how we bring the most out of our students, we welcome you to schedule a tour and ask us questions. We’re enrolling today!

About SET High 

SET High offers each student individual attention from multi-talented, highly qualified teachers. Students build a healthy camaraderie with classmates inside an intellectually rigorous environment that brings out individual talents and personality, helping develop character and direction in life. With a wide variety of electives, flexible scheduling, dual enrollment college classes and more — our students regularly exceed academic and personal expectations. Enrolling now!