West Programs & Services
District 287 is a consortium of 12 west metro school districts. We have more than 120 programs and services specially designed to help meet the unique learning needs of member district students in programs such as gifted education, special education, on-line learning and career and tech.
At the West Education Center, we provide a positive, structured and safe educational environment for students who have been identified as having an emotional or behavioral need (all students meet state eligibility for EBD -- Emotional Behavioral Disorders). We provide a non-traditional educational setting where students build skills in the areas of employment, daily living and academics, often via hands-on or experiential learning. A few highlights of WEC are: the implementation of school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), which is a research based intervention program; the implementation of the social emotional learning curriculum, School Connect; and the focus on literacy across all content areas.
West High School
- At West High School we work with students that are physically or verbally aggressive and are in need of an educational setting with heightened security. We help students build employment and academic skills which can lead to a more successful transition into adult life after high school. To build on these skills students participate in service learning, hands-on instruction and, when possible, community activities. We also work with students with social emotional issues, authority issues, truancy and aggression. We help these students build social emotional, employment and academic skills in order to successfully transition to a less restrictive setting or into adulthood.
- At Invest high school we work with students with a mental health diagnosis in order to provide academic and social emotional and transition curriculum to meet their academic, emotional and behavioral needs with intensive supports/services.
- Safe is a highly individualized high school program accommodating the special education and mental health needs of students with a medical diagnosis of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder). Based on developing trusting relationships with staff and their classmates, our students come to experience a comfortable classroom where they experience school success, often for the first time.
- The Strive program provides high school and transition aged students who have developmental or cognitive disabilities (DCD) with an instructional environment that focus on positive interactions with others, job training, post secondary readiness and independent living skills.
- This academic learning community supports the educational needs of students between the ages of 13-18 who are committed to or are working to maintain sobriety. The environment is nurturing and supportive of the social and emotional needs of the students and offers a full range of educational opportunities with-in core academic and elective content areas via direct and on-line instruction.
-W-Alt is a new ALC program designed to personalize learning for each student. It will be joining West Education Center in the fall of 2013. W-Alt uses project based learning and student choice to ensure students can meet their high school requirements.