Tyee High School
Olympic Interim Site 615 South 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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Tyee High School
Olympic Interim Site 615 South 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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About WELS

Waskowitz & WELS

Fifth- and sixth-grade students explore the forest, Snoqualmie river and community living in Waskowitz’s residential Outdoor School program that has been engaging students in science and environmental education since 1947. 

High school students go to Waskowitz as one-week leaders for the Outdoor School program. This solidifies student’s learning and leadership skills as they cultivate an outdoor experience for 5th-grade & 6th-grade students and partner with teachers. 

The WELS program partners with Waskowitz in developing environmental educators. WELS students are given the opportunity to learn how to build relationships with younger students, create engaging lesson plans, practice leadership skills, and connect with nature. WELS students will have multiple opportunities to go to Waskowitz to be a high school leader.

WELS at Tyee

How is WELS different at Tyee than it has been in the past?

Students are still offered many of the opportunities that the WELS program has provided in the past, such as building skills and practices in outdoor recreational leadership, exploring local parks, connecting with environmental agencies, learning about green job pathways, and growing as learners and educators.

 student working in the environment with a shovel in hand

WELS is now offered as a CTE pathway for Graduation

Students will walk away with the following:

  • 2 years of CTE coursework 
  • Worksite learning experience--either in an environmental or education career field
  • Partnering with local green jobs and education careers

Logistically, some things have changed:

  • Students are required to transfer to Tyee High School full-time to be in the WELS program
  • WELS is currently offered only for 10th and 11th grade students
  • Classes will be offered in a double block period and include advisory
  • Transportation within district will be available in the 2023-24 school year
  • Tyee will be moving to the Olympic portables campus for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years while a new school in constructed, thanks to the passing of the 2022 bond.