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Opportunity Program

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Opportunity Program

1917 E. Isaacs Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509.526.2050 (office)
509.525.9904 (FAX)

Opportunity Staff

The Opportunity Program an off-site alternative learning program to offer area high school students more choices for earning credits en route to graduation. This program targets 5th and 6th year seniors, credit deficient students and students in need of a flexible schedule.

The Opportunity Program is a contract-based program which offers students more flexibility to meet their scheduling needs, a chance to work one-on-one with a teacher for a portion of the week and an off-site location. Students may also complete their GED. Opportunity students work at their own pace and on subject areas related to their specific academic needs. Contract-based programming is also used at Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School for credit retrieval.

This community-based, off-site program is located at 1917 E. Isaacs.

Program Features

  • Individualized learning plans for all students
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Flexible schedule
  • Project-based learning options
  • Equivalency courses to accelerate earning of credits
  • Credit for learning experiences conducted away from school
  • Internships
  • Work-based learning opportunities
  • Real world job embedded experiences

For more information, contact Tom Porter – tporter@wwps.org / 509.526.2057

Opportunity Program Q&A

Q: What is the Opportunity Program?
A: Opportunity Program is an off-site alternative learning program which offers area high school students more choices for earning credits en route to graduation. This program targets 5th and 6th year seniors, credit deficient students and students in need of a flexible schedule. Online learning programs are also offered as needed.

Q: Why did the district re-establish an off-site contract-based program?
A: The Opportunity Program offers students more flexibility to meet their scheduling needs, a chance to work one-on-one with a teacher for a portion of the week and an off-site location. Opportunity students work at their own pace and on subject areas related to their specific academic needs.

Q: How does the Opportunity Program operate? 
A: Students enroll in one to three classes at a time depending on their needs -- 2 academic and 1 elective. Every student has an Individualized Written Student Learning Plan. Students attend a minimum of one 30 minute, one-on-one teacher appointment per week per class.

Students attend one hour, per day, per class, 4 or 5 days per week of learning lab. Students attend school between – 4 to 20 school hours per week. Students work independently at home for 5 to 22 hours per week. There is a Learning lab for all students.

The program is standards based learning with a weekly and monthly progress evaluation. Students are not bound by quarter or semester start and end dates or by class period start or end times. A student who meets weekly and monthly goals is counted as 1.0 FTE (or allowed state allocation) regardless of the number of classes they are enrolled in.

Q: What classes will be offered?
A: A full range of courses, including English, Math, Social Studies and Science, for high school students grades 9-12.

Q: Are other contract-based programs used in the district?
A: Yes; Contract-based programming is also used at Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School for credit retrieval.

Q: Where is Opportunity Program located and what are its hours?
A: This community-based, off-site program is located at 1917 E. Isaacs Ave. The program will be open Monday through Friday. The hours will be determined based on need.

Q: Who are the teachers for the Opportunity Program?
A: Former Opportunity Program teachers Tom Porter and Jerry Quaresma are serving as the program teachers and students advisors.

Course Offerings

  • 19th Century US History
  • Algebra 1-2
  • Algebra 3-4
  • American Government
  • Applied Math 1-2
  • Applied Math 3-4
  • Architectural Drawing 1-2
  • Art 3-4
  • Biology 1-2
  • Chemistry
  • Civics
  • Current World Problems 1-2
  • English 9 1-2
  • English 10 1-2
  • English 11 1-2
  • English 12 1-2
  • Geography
  • Geometry 1-2
  • Health 1-2
  • Intermediate PE 1-2
  • Intermediate Topics 1-2
  • Intro to Art 1-2
  • Intro to PE 1-2
  • Mechanical Drawing 1-2
  • Misc. Online Course Work
  • Pacific NW History
  • Physics
  • Pottery 1-2
  • Pottery 3-4
  • Psychology 1-2
  • Reading 1-2
  • Science 9 1-2
  • Science 10 1-2
  • US History 1-2
  • World History 1-2

 

Keys for Success (Research-Based)

  • More choices
  • Focus on whole student
  • Caring and positive relationships with adults
  • Expanded teacher roles
  • Academic innovation
  • High expectations
  • Small class size
  • Relative autonomy
  • Comprehensive program
  • Safe environment
  • Separation from traditional schools
  • Access to community services

Who Opportunity Will Serve

Students between the ages of 14 and 21:

  • 5th and 6th year seniors
  • Current Alternative Learning Education students
  • K-8 home school students who need high school transition
  • Students who have not had success in a traditional school
  • Students who want individual educational challenges
  • Students who have jobs, fall behind in credits
  • Students who are married, have children or medical problems
  • Students who want to accelerate their education or want individual tutoring
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