The Blended Learning Academy challenges and empowers students to become active learners through a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. During blended learning courses, students will experience a reduction in the amount of time spent in a traditional classroom setting while continuing to learn through active, independent learning facilitated by the teacher. This format allows students more flexibility and control over when they choose to learn. In addition, the blended learning structure exposes students to the online learning environments they are likely to experience in college as well as the workplace.
Students best served through a blended learning format are students who are self starters, possess time management skills, advocate for themselves, and feel comfortable communicating through the use of technology. A variety of courses will be available to students and included in their customized learning plan.
To be considered for the Blended Learning Academy, students must complete the following application, obtain the required signatures, and submit the application to their counselor.
Contact Mrs. Becker for more information
Career Start is a concurrent enrollment opportunity for Juniors and Seniors here at WPHS. This opportunity allows students to enroll in a program of choice at PPCC and learn about different career paths such as Welding, Multimedia Design, Cyber Security, Zoology, etc. While students are enrolled at PPCC, they will also be classes here on the WPHS campus to help fulfill other graduation requirements. Through Career Start, students will earn both college and high school credit. There is an application process for Career Start and a visit day at PPCC that will take place. If students are interested in getting a jump start on their college path, Career Start is the program for them!
Contact Ms. Davidson for more information.
In addition to English 115 and 121, offered on our campus, eligible high school juniors and seniors may enroll in classes at local colleges to earn college and high school credit while still enrolled in high school. Classes may be taken at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) only if course options have been exhausted at the student’s high school and at PPCC.
Through the Internship program, students will turn real life experiences into academic credits. Thanks to our many partnerships within the community, WPHS students have the opportunity to explore future career options on the job and under the guidance of seasoned professionals.
Contact Ms. Seabolt for more information.
This incredible alternative program opens up possibilities for students who haven't thrived in the general education setting. It provides them with unique opportunities to succeed not only in academics but also in life! The program focuses on empowering students to excel beyond high school by equipping them with the essential skills they need. Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey toward a future filled with triumph and achievement! Check out this slide deck to learn more about Panther Academy and read testimonials from our students! Panther Academy Information Slide Deck 2023
Contact Ms. Lambert, or Mr. Owen for more information
PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
Contact Ms. Lambert for more information
ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. The objective of the ProStart program is to provide an industry-driven curriculum that prepares students for a career in restaurant and food service management.
From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. Many university hospitality programs accept ProStart courses for college credit. Students not only learn from educators in the classroom, but they also gain valuable hands-on experience by working at least 400 hours in the industry.
Contact Mr. Burr or Mrs. Hamlow for more information.
REAL LEARNING will fundamentally change the way teachers, students, school leaders, and families experience education. It will turn children who weren't excited about school into ones who can't stop talking about it the moment they leave the classroom. It will help them understand what they are learning, why they are learning and how they learn best. Students will be able to advocate for themselves, know their passions and interests, and have a long-term goal and plan rooted in these passions and interests. All while vastly improving test scores and college-acceptance rates.
REAL LEARNING gives every student support from a caring mentor, life skills that they can apply to real-world situations, an ability to use self-direction to develop self-confidence, understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and prepare themselves for life after graduation.