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The design of each project includes specific learning goals and standards in specific subject areas. Over the course of the year, projects address a full range of learning across subject areas and reflect students’ interests and strengths.
We use standards-based instruction and assessment. Student performance is assessed according to four-point rubrics aligned to the essential standards of the course. We also assess students according to their habits and attitudes toward learning and leading, which helps provide a more complete picture of their growth.
Staff will work with a student and family to address any needs or concerns that might help a student stay in the WELS program at Tyee. If the decision is to no longer be in the program, Tyee counselors will support the student in finding other classes to take.
Waskowitz Outdoor School is our "home away from home." Much of our field time is spent there. Additionally, we partner with various community organizations, so our projects might take us to local urban forests or parks and other locations around the region.
Yes! Students will regularly be outdoors, in all weather (especially when at Waskowitz!). Staff will work with students and families to ensure all are well equipped for a full range of outdoor weather.
We do not assign specific homework. However, any work students have not completed during the school day becomes homework. Students always have the option to edit and resubmit work to improve their scores.
Our WELS program is successful when students enter college or a career of their choosing. Our program evaluates and reports objective measurements of success that following CTE requirements. We ensure such successes through our progression of leadership development through outdoor experiences that culminate in challenging wilderness expeditions.
An advisory board supports the program reflecting a wide array of industry partners, providing a consistent connection. The program will partner with specific organizations on projects to provide in-depth learning.