Satellite classroom created for students in Woodland alternative high school

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TEAM High School, short for Teaching Educational Academics Meritoriously, has partnered with Woodland High School to offer an in-person learning location for alternative school students.

Elizabeth Vallaire, TEAM math and science teacher, thought it would be beneficial for students to have a satellite classroom to complete their studies while also taking classes at Woodland High School, states a news release.

“TEAM students will now easily be able to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities where TEAM could not offer transportation from our school to WHS previously,” Vallaire said. “Additionally, TEAM’s students will have more access to counselors and special education staff as well as have the opportunity to thrive in peer social interactions such as during lunch.”

Programs that offered remote learning before the pandemic, like TEAM High School and Lewis River Academy, saw an influx of students when all classrooms transitioned to online learning, stated the release.

The satellite classroom will take over an unused science lab.

“Woodland High School’s administrators and counseling team worked incredibly hard to help support TEAM High School throughout the pandemic,” said Jake Hall, executive director for learning supports and alternatives.

TEAM serves students grades 9-12 and Lewis River Academy serves students grades K-8.

“We often have students who are great independent workers and who fit really well with the Apex model, but who struggle with just one subject,” Vallaire said. “Our ratio is not set up to be able to offer daily assistance to students in any particular class, so allowing students to co-enroll means they can get the focused assistance they need in a particular subject while still retaining the freedom of schedule that the alternative high school provides.”

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