Vocational Programming

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for all students. The Strawbridge School offers a comprehensive program to teach important life and career skills, as well as various vocational opportunities (according to student interest level).

The Strawbridge Vocational Program has two components taught by our highly qualified and experienced teachers:

  • Classroom instruction
    • Culinary Arts
    • Art and Ceramics
    • Horticulture
    • Career Research and Development
  • On-campus work opportunities
    • Breezeway market
    • Maxine’s Cafe

Classroom Instruction


Strawbridge School has an on-ground greenhouse and an outdoor planting area for its horticulture program.

Culinary Arts

There is a full industrial kitchen in Strawbridge school that provides not only classroom space but an attached cafe open to Everstand staff and their guests about once a month.

On Campus Work Opportunities

There are several on-campus vocational opportunities for students. For many individuals, these on-campus opportunities serve as their first work experiences, as students master the basic skills required for the world of work.

Maxine’s Cafe

Students can work at the student–managed “Maxine’s Café,” as they prepare and serve meals to the Everstand staff and their guests.   Students rotate through the “restaurant manager” position so they learn leadership, problem solving, and customer service.  They all work together to plan the menu (there is usually always a holiday-related theme). The older students typically man the cooking stations (which have included made-to-order omelettes and pasta bars in the past) while the younger students learn to clear tables, refill drinks, and practice their customer service skills.


Breezeway Market

Students may also work at the “Breezeway Market,” a monthly market that presents student-produced Horticulture, Art, and Culinary items to the community.


Everstand does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry/national origin, color, disability, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and activities. There is no Spiritual programming or instruction within Strawbridge School.