Four principles are important in the School-to-Work system. First, the legislation urges creation of a sustained, structured program of study that integrates academic and vocational instruction. The second principle underlying STW is the integration of classroom-based instruction with work-based learning. The third principle of the STW opportunities initiative is clear articulation with the full range of all forms of post-secondary opportunities. The fourth principle of the STW legislation is it should encourage learning and instruction based on high academic and occupational skill standards.
School-based learning - classroom instruction that integrated work and school-based learning and instruction based on high academic and occupational skill standards.
Work based learning - work experience, structured training and mentoring at job sites
Connecting activities - a variety of activities that build and maintain bridges between school and work.