Real World Learning (RWL)

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is providing Real World Learning opportunities for students as outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan. Real World Learning opportunities prepare students for college and careers. 

SMSD along with nearly 50 school districts in our region have partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to better prepare students for learning and work. Real World Learning thrives when the community and schools collaborate to provide immersive experiences for students while building a pipeline for future talent.

The Real World Learning goal is by 2030 every student will graduate with a diploma and
one Market Value Asset.

If you would like to know more information about Real World Learning at Shawnee Mission East, please contact Counselor Jim Dusek at  

Market Value Assets

Other Student Opportunities

So, what if I don't want to go to college...

Many students will make the decision not to go to college after high school.  Some may choose to enter a skilled training program, others may start their own business, and some may choose to enter the workforce.  Regardless of a student's decision, here are some options to consider after high school that do not require a college degree.

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