OUR MISSION

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, through hands-on learning opportunities and skills-training, prepares you for both college, and career paths in the building and landscaping trades, with emphases on high-quality craftsmanship, the specialized building arts and the practices of historic preservation.

 

OUR VISION

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School (Mather HS) strives to redefine Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century.  Through our unique partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), and myriad others, we are able to offer real, hands-on education in the building and landscaping trades, with an emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship and the specialized building arts, while also providing you with a solid college- and career-ready foundation integrated with the trades and aligned with the Common Core Standards.  In our model, you are not being asked to choose one “track” over the other, but are instead, learning and preparing for both, opening more doors and making you more competitive in the labor force.

 

Through the NPS partnership, you will benefit from the expertise of NPS’ commitment to preserving natural and cultural resources. The fields of preservation, conservation and restoration require workers who understand the shared basic philosophy underlying these disciplines and the necessary skills these professions entail. As a result, you will receive a foundation in preservation methodology, including thorough research, detailed documentation, insightful interpretation and effective communication, all of which support your transition to college or to employment opportunities associated with these trades.  Equally important and happening concurrently, you will work directly in the trades of carpentry, masonry/plastering, decorative finishes or landscape management.  By doing so, you will not only gain the introductory skills that could allow for immediate employment after high school, but you also have an advantage over others who are seeking apprenticeships or positions in order to further hone their skills in the building and landscaping trades, especially those targeting preservation and historic restoration.

 

Supporting our vision are our hands-on CTE courses, our engaging hands-on core curriculum, the integration of the trades and historic preservation into ALL content areas, as well as our approach to instruction which are all rooted in the school’s instructional motto:

Explore it.                   Live it.                       Transform it.

Benefits of CTE

For Students

  • Opportunities to learn by doing, to work with their hands and tools, and to apply knowledge

  • Ability to explore and begin learning the craftsmanship of carpentry, masonry, decorative finishes and landscaping

  • Chances to demonstrate their creative and artistic sides

  • Internships, job-shadows and other work-based experiences outdoors and on job sites with industry leaders

  • Graduate with a Regents Diploma, CTE Endorsement, and real-world employable skills

 For Parents

  • A safe and supportive environment where students are known well, personally guided, and taught to self-advocate 

  • Small academic classes that feature problem-based learning with real-world application so that students can answer the question: Why do I need to know this?

  • Open communication with teachers and staff, access to curriculum, continuous school updates and easy monitoring of student progress

  • The security of knowing students will have many options for after high school and well into life 

About Mather

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school for hands-on skills-training in the specialized building arts and landscape trades, focused on high-quality craftsmanship and historic preservation. 

Partnering with the National Park Service—which is committed to protecting the nation's 400+ national parks, monuments, cultural and historic sites including the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island—students work directly in the trades of carpentry, masonry/plastering, decorative finishes and landscape management.

Hands-on learning experiences, targeted academic support, and extensive work-based opportunities means that every student builds a strong academic foundation while learning solid trade skills, opening doors to a secure, lucrative and successful future.