Alternative High School Programs
Oakland Opportunities Academy (OOA)
OOA is an alternative high school program available to 11th and 12th grade students, which provides an opportunity for high school students to obtain a high school diploma by taking classes in the late afternoon and evening. OOA provides students a structured learning environment in which they receive instruction, on-line and through teachers and tutors, in the areas of English, math, science and social studies. In addition, students participate in a career preparation program in one of the following areas:
- Biotechnology & Environmental Science (Natural Resources and Animal & Plant Systems)
- Culinary Arts & Hospitality (Food & Beverage Preparation and Travel & Tourism
- Transportation Technology (Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing)
This program is offered at the Oakland Technical Center Southwest Campus located in Wixom. Transportation, to and from this program, is not provided by the District.
For more information, please print their brochure from the files below or visit the OOA website:
Parents should contact their studdent’s school counselor and set up an appointment to discuss OOA placement.
Widening Advancements for Youth Program (W-A-Y)
W-A-Y is an on-line alternative high school program that offers a personalized learning experience for students who struggle with traditional high school. W-A-Y encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills that will facilitate a college education and subsequent career paths. This option is available to students 15 through 19 years old.
Students in the W-A-Y Program become researchers on track to receive a high school diploma. Each researcher is provided with a customized, standards-based learning plan and is paired with a mentor to coach them toward graduation.
Each student is equipped with an iMac workstation and Internet connectivity within his or her home. Teachers then assess and align all projects according to State content standards, ensuring that each student completes the program with a high school diploma.
W-A-Y combines personalized, project-based, on-line learning experiences with face-to-face interaction. Students earn credits through the completion of projects rather than traditional courses. In addition, projects are often developed based on student interests, concerns, curiosities and passions. While being student-centered, clear standards are maintained to ensure the projects are rigorous and meet all State standards and the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
Walled Lake Public Schools’ students participating in the W-A-Y program would be required to attend two face-to-face sessions each week with an instructional leader. These meetings will, most likely, take place at the Oakland Technical Southwest Campus in Wixom. Transportation, to and from this program, is not provided by the District.
Oakland Schools will be holding information sessions at the Northwest and Southwest Technical Campuses in late August and early September so parents and students can learn more about the program.
For more information about this program, please visit wayprogram.net. Parents who are interested in enrolling their child should contact their student's counselor.
FLEX and E2020 classes
E2020 is a powerful online course management tool that will enable Walled Lake Consolidated Schools to offer a variety of learning options to its students: both as a credit recovery alternative and as an enhancement to already existing curriculum. E2020 offers multimedia presentations on a variety of different topics that will offer our students different access points to information, supporting the concept of Universal Design for Learning.
The e2020 Educational Model for Learning embeds the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in its foundational framework. e2020’s team of highly-qualified teachers, instructional designers, and content-area experts prepares for and constructs unique course scopes and sequences by layering UDL principles with Quality Standards for Online Courses in accordance with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and conducting research on state and national standards.
e2020 then designs each lesson with student-centered objectives that maximize the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains. Lessons are designed in order to provide the student with an optimal learning experience that is unique for each course. Students progress through the lesson with a series of activities such as, direct instruction videos by certified teachers; vocabulary instruction; interactive lab simulations; journals and essay writing; 21st century skill activities that include projects, design proposals, case studies, on-line content reading; and homework/practice before being formatively assessed with a quiz. Topic test and cumulative exam reviews are provided to reinforce mastery prior to students’ taking summative assessments.
- Prescriptive, formative and summative assessments Students receive randomized test items that are aligned to the lesson's objectives even after customized content changes are made.
- Individualized study plans Create an optional prescriptive curriculum that only assigns the content that has not yet been mastered.
- Direct Instruction A highly-qualified teacher in every lesson presents content in video-lecture segments and visual whiteboard displays.
- On-demand feedback Students receive immediate feedback during activities and can track progress and performance on their home screen.
- eWriting and eNotes Using the Six Traits of Writing rubric, writing and note-taking opportunities are integrated into each lesson.
- Show Me Tutorials Students can elect to receive additional support from a new teacher-tutorial during homework practice.
- Integrated online content Media-rich sites supplement additional content to apply concepts, engage learners and extend instruction.