Westwind Alternate School: Outreach Program
Outreach programs are found throughout the majority of Alberta communities.
These programs are specifically designed to meet the flexible delivery options some high school students need to successfully complete secondary school.
Whether its getting a low literacy student writing their first story, or providing an off-schedule Physics 30 course to meet College deadlines, Westwind’s Outreach program, provides the flexibility needed for life and academic success.
These campuses support course delivery occurring in Westwind High Schools. They also provide flexible delivery options for full time students registered in Westwind Alternate School. Westwind’s Outreach program is based on three community campuses: Cardston, Magrath & Raymond.
Students whose entire course of studies is Outreach based must register with Westwind Alternate School. Local High School students intending to take Outreach courses must obtain permission from their parents & their school’s principal.
Teachers in each Outreach facility can provide students or parents with divisional registration forms, WAS course options & lists, and graduation verification & tracking services.
Our Outreach Model is based on a “one-room schoolhouse” philosophy.
Most courses are follow a tutor based instructional model.
- assist students in comprehending directions found within distance learning course materials,
- provide subject matter expertise to help students master essential learning outcomes (each campus is staffed by a different subject matter experts)
- design intervention programs for students encountering specific learning challenges,
- provide access to courses local High Schools may not be able to offer due to scheduling and staffing limitations,
- work in partnership with their local High School’s administrative, counseling and academic services
Outreach program flexibility allows students to succeed
Whether its getting a low literacy student writing their first story, or providing an off-schedule Physics 30 course to meet College deadlines, Westwind’s Outreach program provides the flexibility needed for life and academic success.
Being a new mom is tough: Outreach flexibility enabled several young parents to continue their goals of achieving a high school diploma. Because balancing school and a new baby is complicated, students took a lighter course load and extended course deadlines from a 4 month schedule (regular semester) to a 10 month schedule (full year). Scheduling private after school tutoring sessions allowed students to keep in touch with their teacher even when babysitting wasn't available.
Not every student masters a concept the first time: Several Cardston outreach students were struggling with the pacing of their math classes. Instead of taking a non-academic math stream, students took the academic math course through the Outreach program but extended it over a full year. This gave them time to master all essential concepts. This kept them in the stream they needed for College.