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Is It a Good Idea to Get a Job in High School?

For many students, working a job provides spending money for a social life. For others, working is necessary to help the family make ends meet or to save for college. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, more high school students than ever before stepped up to help contribute to their family’s household income and may not be willing, or able to relinquish that financial support.  

Having a job in high school can not only be a great experience in and of itself, but it can also set you up to get better jobs in college and beyond. However, even part-time employment can drastically cut into study time and other academic responsibilities. Researchers have learned that students who work more than 20 hours a week suffer from reduced academic performance, but that holding a job with proper work-school balance can actually improve student grades and time management skills, making students less likely to drop out of school, and giving them a leg up on both college applications and future employment.

Balancing a job with studies requires students to learn how to schedule their day. A typical seven-hour school day plus five hours at work doesn’t leave much time for homework, studying, sleep, or relaxation; all things necessary to a high school student’s success.

That’s why, at the Rose Academies charter schools, we offer flexible scheduling that cuts down drastically on unnecessary and unhelpful time at school. Our school days are typically just five hours, and are offered in three different session times throughout the day from 7 am-12 pm, 12 pm-5 pm, and 5 pm-10 pm, giving students the space they need to better achieve that ideal work-school and work-life balance. 

We invite you to learn more about the unique opportunities offered by a Rose Academy education and enroll today with a visit to our website.