District enhances list of educational options with new early/middle college program

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Once again, the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District has opened its doors to non-resident students through its “schools of choice” program — but this time with a sweetener.

Under the existing program, which closes the first week of September, Downriver parents can register their children for enrollment in K-12 classrooms this fall.

But this year, 9-12th-grade students — regardless of where they live in Wayne County — also will be eligible to apply for enrollment in the district’s new “Early/Middle College.”

Through this program — offered through a partnership with the Wayne County Community College District — eligible students may be able to pursue a tuition-free associate degree while still in high school.

“This program takes a tremendous financial burden off the shoulders of parents who want their students to go on to college,” said Supt. Mark Greathead.

“Once a student finishes this program, they’ll only have to pay for two years to get a four-year bachelor degree.”

Greathead said the new program offers a blend of high school and college courses for three to five years, depending on when the student enters the program.

The program could begin as early as a student’s ninth-grade at Patrick Henry Middle School, where WCCCD educators would teach courses at the WB facility.

Once at Woodhaven High School, students enrolled in the program would take a blend of courses offered at the high school and at WCCCD’s Taylor campus.

A student would then complete his or her college degree courses on campus the first year out of high school — or the 13th grade — and then receive both a high school diploma and an associate degree. Continued…

To learn more about the college program, contact Curriculum Director Stacy Peterson at 1-734-789-2349.

At the other end of the educational spectrum, parents who register their youngest students in the district will have access to one of the most comprehensive early education programs in the area.

Part of that strength can be found in the district’s dual kindergarten programs, Greathead said: one is the tradition all-day program, which is available in all five elementary schools.

The other is the “Young Fives” kindergarten program, which is designed for younger children whose parents feel they are not yet ready for traditional kindergarten and need time to grow and develop.

Other early education programs are:

•Early Childhood Special Education preschool — which is for children 3-5 years old who qualify for services under an Individual Educational Plan.

•TOTE/Early On — the Teach Our Tots Early program provides early intervention special education home visits for children up to 3 years old with moderate to severe developmental delays.

•Great Start Readiness — which is a free preschool program for 4-year-olds who have identified risks for academic difficulties and/or meet low-income requirements.

•Champions Preschool — an all-day program in which children learn at their own pace and build their own unique talents and skills at the speed that’s right for them. Continued…

The district’s offerings don’t end with early childhood education.

“We offer a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum all the way through to our high school,” Greathead said.

“In addition, we provide a safe and respectful learning environment, highly qualified teachers in every building and leading-edge technology in our classrooms.

“Finally, we emphasize literacy in every grade and an on-line parent-student-classroom communications system that keeps our parents in the loop,” he said.

The district also now has a mobile app that allows parents and the greater community access to school and district information from their smartphones.

“We offer a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum all the way from preschool through to our high school,” Greathead said. “In addition, we provide a safe and respectful learning environment, highly qualified teachers in every building and leading-edge technology in our classrooms. Finally, we emphasize literacy in every grade and an on-line parent-student-classroom communications system that keeps our parents in the loop.

For more about what the district has to offer — and how to enroll as a non-resident, visit the district’s website: wbsd.co (not .com).

Non-residents can register in person at the district’s administration building, located on Hall Road.

For more information, call 1-734-783-3300. Continued…

Sourced: The Woodhaven-Brownstown School District


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