Southern School of Energy and Sustainability is lit and adorned outside by lamp posts and solar panels atop its building, gifted by the Environmental Protection Agency . Before a visitor even steps into the building, there are visible signs of its commitment to energy sustainability.
Just as importantly, there are signs everywhere of the school’s commitment to a student-centered program.
Southern offers four different academies: Technology and Engineering (to include the ever-popular drone operations and licensing instruction); Biomedical; Business; and, Construction Engineering. Southern students interested in learning and acquiring trade certifications can enroll in a skills pathway that includes plumbing, heating, and automotive instruction.
From an outsider’s perspective, all of these moving parts may seem overwhelming. But leadership makes the difference. Principal Jerome Leathers is committed to two-way communications with his students and staff; formal onboarding to help acclimate students and staff to Southern; and, supports.