Westonka Area Learning Academy
The Westonka Area Learning Academy (WALA) is a partner with Intermediate District 287 and offers a school within a school alternative learning program at Mound Westonka High School. It serves students who have been identified as at risk.
The WALA program fosters a structured environment that helps students increase their basic skills, connects them to their community, and challenges them to be lifelong learners. Innovative curriculum, a low student-teacher ratio, a caring, enthusiastic staff and a safe classroom environment help students build self-respect and create options for their futures.
The WALA program includes required coursework in the four core disciplines: English, Social Studies, Math, and Science; as well as an option for work experience credit. The WALA curriculum is innovate and includes inter-disciplinary and project-based learning units that provide rigor and relevance to learning.
To succeed in WALA, students must master the ABC’s: Attendance, Behavior, and Coursework. Failure to master any of the ABC’s will result in a Debrief with the WALA coordinator. Continued struggles with the ABC’s will end with an Exit from the class(es).
Students in the program gain valuable experiences volunteering in the community and attaining career information while participating in the outings. Academic requirements are fulfilled periods 1-4, and elective opportunities are available periods 5-8 in the mainstream courses or through vocational programs.
Interested students must contact the Guidance Department or the Program Coordinator to determine eligibility.