What is the W-A-Y Program?
One size does not fit all. Every student has their own unique interests, skills, and ways of learning. The W-A-Y Eau Claire Program provides a personalized learning experience for students who struggle with traditional high school.
The Eau Claire W-A-Y Eau Claire Program is an alternative approach that encourages self-esteem, independence, and 21st-century skills that will facilitate a college education and career path.
Students in the W-A-Y Eau Claire Program become Researchers and develop customized standards-based learning paths with a Mentor around topics that truly appeal to them.
Each researcher is equipped with a school-owned computer and, if necessary, Internet connectivity within his or her home. They communicate with their Team Leader (Mentors) daily and collaborate with other Michigan and International W-A-Y researchers.
Highly-qualified W-A-Y teachers assess and align all projects according to state content standards, ensuring that each student completes the program with a high school diploma.
What do we provide to the W-A-Y student?
Eau Claire Public Schools will provide:
- Computer Workstations
- Internet Connectivity
- Team Leaders
- On-Campus Learning Lab
The W-A-Y Program will provide:
- Content Experts
- Standard Based Grading and Reporting System
- State Wide and International Online Learning Environment
Who can benefit from the W-A-Y Eau Claire Program?
- Home-schooled Students
- Students with life circumstances that do not fit a traditional school schedule
- Working adolescents
- Students who are behind in credits
- Students who enjoy learning in a creative fun W-A-Y!
Why Choose WAY Eau Claire?
Flexible hours. The blended online and in-person learning environment allows students to take ownership of their education and progress through the program at their own pace.
24/7 access to virtual experts. No matter the time of day, a number of resources and supports are available to our researchers at the touch of a button to assist in the mastery of competencies and the completion of projects.
Dedicated in-person mentors. Housed at 6295 West Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111. researchers are welcomed to WAY Eau Claire Lab Sessions for in-person help with particular standards or for a friendly face to brainstorm project components and ideas with.
Opportunity to explore passions. Through the WAY program, students are encouraged to delve into their passions. Projects can be customized to fit a researcher’s unique talents and interests to further engage students in their education.
HERO Platform. Researchers, parents, and staff members are all on the same page through access to the online HERO program which tracks grading and progress towards graduation. At all times, students are aware of where they stand in the program and the standards left to master before receiving their diploma.
Changing lives by creating engaging and encouraging educational opportunities for all young people.
WAY offers a personalized approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century global and career skills. We aim to make every young person a hero.