Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
Alternative School Programs
The Lake Washington School District shall provide programs for all its students. When particular goals of the district are not being met through the regular program, or when there is a demonstrated need, alternative programs may be established.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and students shall be given as much freedom as possible to develop alternative forms of education and shall be encouraged to propose programs which may be chosen by the student and his/her parents. Groups who wish to make proposals shall be provided the necessary guidelines for developing their proposal and shall be informed of the necessary steps for seeking approval.
An alternative program may be a special offering which a student opts to take as part of his/her regular program or it may be a total, or essentially total, program which is significantly different from the standard offerings of the district and is open to students on an optional basis.
The goals of alternative programs shall be congruent with state requirements and with the basic educational goals of the district, recognizing the need to provide some flexibility in interpretation of the methods used to achieve those goals.
Alternative educational programs must include a method for evaluating their effectiveness. Programs may be continued if they are achieving their objectives and purpose. Alternative programs not meeting their objective shall be modified; they shall be discontinued if they lack significant overall value.
Alternative programs shall be funded in accord with district budget procedures and shall receive monies which are comparable in range to those provided for students in other approved programs of the district.
Basic Instructional Program (IGA)