Planning Update

The West Bend School District is currently in the planning stage of creating its first charter school - Pathways. It has been determined, through extensive discussion with our school board, staff, leadership, business and community leaders, that an innovative educational model is needed if we are to see all students be prepared for college readiness and career success.

The basic philosophy of Pathways is to give students a broad range of experiences within a variety of careers, utilizing the national career cluster model while integrating the common core standards and employability skills. Pathways will be an inter-disciplinary learning environment, guided by a Project Based Learning approach.

The goal of Pathways is to honor and utilize current WBSD programming and relationships with community partners and local businesses while expanding on student options to help them prepare for college and career success. All students graduating from Pathways will leave with a career and post-secondary education plan to compete in a global economy.

Currently, the design team and governance board is in the process of writing curriculum, planning space and technology needs, planning for enrollment, working on graduation requirements and working on the charter school contract. Enrollment for Pathways will coincide with the State of Wisconsin open enrollment period. Information on the enrollment process will be posted on the website under the enrollment tab on the left side of the homepage as that information becomes available.

For more information on Pathways’ structure, please view the PowerPoint linked below and check the website for regular updates. Enjoy!