Learner-centered secondary school options for all Washtenaw County students are possible because public school districts cooperate to make educational options available to their students without needing to bear the entire cost of the programs individually. Hear Executive Director David Dugger discuss Learner-centers secondary school options in Washtenaw County.
Nine school districts in Washtenaw County, in cooperation with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), developed a body to create, coordinate, and supervise secondary educational options for students in the districts that are members of the consortium. This body, called the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium (WEOC), is governed by a Joint Steering Committee. Its programs are administered by an Executive Director, Mr. David Dugger.
Out-of-county students can access these programs through a School of Choice enrollment in a participating school district.
Pesonalized programs are designed to capitalize on the choices and learning styles of individual students. Goals and skill-mastery are determined by the student’s skill set at enrollment. Students progress through the curriculum as quickly as they are able to master the required skills, taking additional time as needed. Program size varies from 200 to 600 students.
Each student has access to the technology needed to be literate in the systems that will be used upon entrance into college, technical training, or work.
Each student is assessed on, and credit is awarded for, mastery of the skills and behaviors measured in the Michigan Core Curriculum Standards. The amount of seat time spent in a class does not guarantee a passing grade.
Early College Credit
Students in some programs can learn the skills necessary to be successful in college and post-secondary training institutions, and earn post-secondary credits before they graduate from high school. All programs emphasize the demonstration and practice of critical 21st century skills such as planning, resourcefulness, collaboration, and thoroughness.
All of these programs feature a partnership of local school districts with support from WISD, higher education, businesses, and other community partners who have a commitment to developing entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
Choice & Equity
Programs are open to students of all collaborating districts. Enrollment is governed by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium, which responds to changing demographic trends in the county in setting enrollment parameters.