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.
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In the Classroom
What is a Mather?
Actually, it’s not a what, but a who. Our school is named after Stephen Tyng Mather, the first director of the National Park Service (NPS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Created in 1916, NPS was created to care for America’s “crown jewels” — the national parks.
Today, NPS carries on the traditions established by Mather safeguarding nearly 400 places of historic, scenic and natural significance that tell the stories of America and its people. NPS also works with local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals to also revitalize their communities, preserving local history and celebrating local heritage.
Benefits of CTE
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
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