WISH Charter has changed my son's life. Rather than seeing him as just a kid in a wheelchair, WISH embraced, inspired and encouraged him in every aspect of his education since the school opened when he was in the 2nd grade. He now has a 4.0 GPA and is looking forward to entering the 8th grade in the fall. Now that the school has been approved to continue into high school, we know he will continue to be challenged and appreciated for who he is while he reaches pinacles even we, his parents never thought possible!
If students are going to be responsible for the quality of their thinking and learning, they need to develop—and regularly use—an array of self-monitoring and self-management strategies. These metacognitive skills include noticing when one doesn't understand something and taking steps to remedy the situation, as well as formulating questions and inquiries that let one explore deep levels of meaning.
If someone were to visit WISH Secondary Academy on a typical day, he or she would have the opportunity to witness the caring nature of our staff who greet students daily at the gate with a handshake and smile upon arrival. Our paraprofessionals assist students finding their classrooms, managing their materials, and they provide supervisory support so that the entire campus remains safe. Paraprofessionals support students with and without disabilities, and coordinate activities that students of all abilities can participate in. Office staff welcomes families and assists them with their needs.
Before classes begin for the day, students can be seen socializing, playing basketball, and getting ready for the day to begin. While paraprofessionals are monitoring the campus, teachers are planning thematic units in grade level teams. General educators and special educators are co-planning lessons together to meet the needs of all students. The bell rings, and Jack, a sophomore who uses a wheelchair, begins working alongside his classmates Hunter and Imani on a project they call, “CSI: Blacklight”. They are trying to determine if a blacklight can be used to detect stains. Jack is fully included in the process, being able to access all of the tools needed to conduct the experiment with his peers. He is also the team’s leader, and I'm proud to be his mom.
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module knowledge container arrow graphicWhat's the mission of the school you want to build?
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By identifying goals and developing a shared mindset we can build a framework for better teaching and learning.
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icon representing School Mission & Culture Every great school needs a well-defined mission and culture — clearly articulated learning goals and practices that students, teachers, and administrators can all get behind. These goals guide your school’s rules, relationships, and behaviors.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
You will be designing a school from the ground up. What goals for student learning will define and motivate your school’s community? How will you assess student success?
These goals should also establish how your school creates high expectations for learning and behavior, and for students’ success beyond high school.
How will you cultivate consistent, productive, respectful relationships among students and adults? How will you establish an inclusive and supportive community and a sense of belonging among students, teachers, parents, and others?
What mission, purpose, and core values will animate and unify your school? Consider how these might build the engagement of students and adults, rally the support of your community, and drive the development of your school.
Provide up to 300 words and/or describe and upload 1-3 videos, images, or other materials that illustrate how you might communicate your mission to others, including prospective students, teachers, and parents.
Westside Innovative School House High School Charter serves as a school that models best practices for inclusive education, university partnerships, and a constructivist, interdisciplinary approach. Our school leverages best practices in project-based and real world learning to foster key academic, social, and ethical skills and attitudes that can only be developed when students with various abilities, needs, and backgrounds learn together! Important academic, social, and ethical skills and attitudes are developed when students with various strengths, needs, and backgrounds learn together
Mr. Zed has been wonderful in his first year as a teacher. Our daughter has grown each year immensely. Mr. Zed has her interested and involved in learning and excited about school. Thanks Mr. Zed for all you do!
In honesty, I'd check School leader, Teacher, Staff member, Parent, and Student. WISH gives so much to be thankful for, from every single member of our community. From the strong, dedicated, passionate and compassionate leadership, the strength of WISH bleeds into every single branch of this community, a community I am blessed and thankful to be a part of.
With a principal like Dr. Shawna Draxton and a team of administrators and teachers like we have at WISH, complemented by the passionate and committed parent community, the level of respect at WISH begins and lives strong in all these areas and feeds effortlessly into our students.