Outreach

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. 

TEACHER LED delivery option

A traditional classroom format is compressed into regular multi-hour workshops. Teachers work with small groups of students to master core skills. Because the majority of work is completed during class, regular attendance is essential.  Homework, while rare, is sometimes assigned to practice essential skills and to independently explore a few non-core topics.  Course selection is limited. Program capacity is minimal.


BEST SUITS

Students who need structure to succeed

Students with reading comprehension challenges

Students with regular attendance patterns

Courses at the -3 level

Core courses (with multiple registrants)

BLENDED delivery option

Students come in for one or more periods of regular teacher led instruction.  This is combined with a number of independently completed units &/or topics. Homework is regular and its timely completion is essential.  Depending on the course and teacher instructional periods may:

only focus on a few core concepts

provide a “big picture” overview to a unit

focus on lab skills and/or project-like applications

 

BEST SUITS

Academically average students with average to above average work discipline or students with poor work discipline but who are academically very quick

Students who need some teacher direction but who are overwhelmed by too much teacher control or too much student independence

Difficult academic subjects and diploma courses

HERE & THERE delivery option

Students attend classes at a traditional high school but come over to the Alternate school at set times for additional help.  Tests can be completed at the traditional high school or at the Alternate school. This enables students to keep working on a unit even though their “class” may have moved on before they themselves were ready.

 

BEST SUITS

Students who need the structure of a regular class

Students who need large amounts of teacher instructions

Students who may need extra time to complete some units

Students for whom flexible attendance options are counter-productive

PRIOR LEARNING WORKSHOP option

Some students come in already knowing a lot of a course’s content. Teachers in this delivery option quickly assess student knowledge, filling in gaps with custom workshops, independent distance learning resources, or take home assignments. Students have significant voice in selecting an optimal balance between the level of competency they want to achieve and the time it takes to get there.

 

BEST SUITS

Students with broad knowledge who pick up content quickly and who may prioritize pace above grades

Students who have taken and failed a course due to incomplete assignments rather than lack of ability

Students with lots of experience in certain course areas (often CTS courses)

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE program

A professional artist is available to mentor students on their own personal art projects. Students explore different artistic mediums while getting a chance to observe what the day-to-day life of a professional artist or graphic designer actually entails.  Formal curricular instruction is not provided.  Studio time compliments mentally taxing periods of formal academic study. It is a safe, energizing place for students to develop practical, community based life skills.

 

BEST SUITS

Students interested in art and music

Full time outreach students who travel on a bus and are tired after half a day of academic studies

Students who need a safe, grounding place to be

GED program

Students complete General Education Diploma (GED) books on their own. Teachers provide tutor support. Students may chose to complete teacher led workshops in order to get Alberta course credit.  GED tests can only be written once students turn 18.

 

 

BEST SUITS

Students who are bright, but won’t jump through years of hoops

Attendance is a recurring issue

Students who are willing to wait until they are 18+ to get their GED

SENIOR AIP program

(applied independent program)

This is a transition program designed for students coming from a home school or distance learning background. Core subjects are taught in a teacher led style, complimented by stand-a-lone supports. Students complete option courses in a Flex or Student Designed project mode. Many traditional high school students find the structure and core skill focus a nice transition into Outreach programming.

 

BEST SUITS

Students who need a transition into the independent style of most Outreach programming

Students who need the motivation of a group setting

Students who are between or uncertain about academic streams

JUNIOR AIP program

(applied independent program)

This program is designed for grade 9 students who are challenged by traditional schools’ classroom dynamics. This is a flexible teacher led program that incorporates pieces of our Student Designed Project program and our Teacher Led program. Students are guided through core subjects in a small class setting which provides lots of customized teacher support. Focus is on practical “big picture” skills. Students spend the other part of their day on their own projects or under the mentorship of our Artist in Residence.

 

BEST SUITS

 Students who need stable mentor-based relationships

Students who are between K&E and regular academic programming

Students with severe social anxiety

Students with Asperger’s affects who are frustrated by traditional programming

STRUCTURED SCHEDULE program

While similar to flex delivery, students are only permitted to attend school at specific times.  In some cases attendance frequency is similar to Flex programming. In other cases all work is done at home.  Students study all concepts on their own, making appointments for extra help. While most questions are answered during scheduled time periods, student can email or phone at anytime for additional help.

 

 

BEST SUITS

Students with average reading comprehension levels and are independent

Students with short attention spans and difficulty working in school environments

Students who struggle with the structural requirements of other WAS programs

STUDENT DESIGNED PROJECT program

Students work with a mentor-teacher to create their own curriculum and project.  Projects typically involve deep, specialized work and often rely on peer-coaching.  Teachers help guide reflection and probe learning. Special project students typically do not work toward a high school diploma. Scheduling and attendance are highly individualized and are typically flexible.

 

 

BEST SUITS

Students who are not engaged in traditional classrooms or externally defined curriculum

Students who are not immediately concerned with working toward a high school diploma

Students who may fall on an autistic spectrum or who prefer to be deeply engaged in a single topic

Students who need some time and space before re-connecting with traditional educational programming

LIFE SKILLS program

This is a non-academic program designed to provide a safe environment for a very limited number of students.  Work typically involves free reading and non-rigorous student selected open-ended projects. Some co-ordination with counselling services also occurs.   This program may involve occasional life skills seminars or workshops.

 

 

BEST SUITS

Students who are not working toward a high school diploma

Students who would like to remain connected to a school atmosphere, but for whom academic rigour or structure may produce counter-productive consequences.

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.  

Teachers:

  • 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.