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What's Right with Schools: The Sound School

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - It’s one of the few high schools in Connecticut where a life jacket is part of the uniform. 

Educator Ned Flanagan remembers when the school was just a vision. 

“I can remember when the architects came here 30 years ago. They would be showing us sketches of what it's going to look like. I'd say, 'You're crazy...Kids out sailing, we are going to have a schooner, we're going to be underway, we are going to have a fishing boat'...and here we are.” said Flanagan. 

The school has now cast its net as a premiere aquaculture and agriculture science and technology education enter. 

"This high school isn't like any other place. Every other high school you're inside all day sitting in a chair," said Brendan Strebel from Branford.

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"Here, I’m learning with my hands. I’m enjoying what I’m doing,” said Strebel  

Training on real equipment, big and small. 

“I never went sailing before. I did sailing my freshman year,” said senior Ashley Perez. 

From sailing on a schooner to operating a 40-ton U.S Coast Guard certified vessel or harvesting oysters. 

The Sound School prepares students for college and careers through hands-on experience. 

“No one gets to do this in high school and how rare it is for this opportunity,” said junior Julia Rosario.

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Rosaria is using her experience towards her next step.

She's considering a career in the marine sciences.

"I'm thinking about a marine biologist...More specifically, a geneticist. I really like the work they do,” said Rosario.

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