Dishman Hills High School
(formerly Contract Based Education)
10514 E. Sprague
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Student enrollment: 360
This is a non-traditional school in the West Valley School District.Mica Peak High School
15303 E. Sprague
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
220 high school students participate in 3 programs:
NEWTECH Skill Center
- Core full-day, on-site program Monday through Thursday with classes and teacher-led instruction.
- ITRACC blended-learning program with a flexible schedule of online learning and on-campus teacher support.
- School to Life, a post-high school special-needs transition program.
(a program of Spokane Public Schools)
Students are juniors and seniors.
4141 N. Regal St.
(509) 354-4821 or (509) 354-7470http://www.spokaneschools.org/ontrack/This program
designed for students who want real-world education, have demonstrated
competency by passing 10th grade HSPE, and may or may not be behind in
credits. Students have the potential to earn college and/or high school
The Spokane Skills Center offers 16 different
vocationally certified programs for our junior or senior students.
Contact the counseling office for additional information, or link to http://www.skillscenter.com
. Programs offered include
- Arts & Hospitality, Automotive technology, Broadcast media
production, Collision repair, Computer game programming, Web development
& database admin., Construction technology, Mobile entertainment
installation and repair, Multimedia graphics and printing production,
Cosmetology, Criminal justice, Culinary Arts, Dental careers, Veterinary
assisting, Welding technology, Medical and nursing careers. Salish School of Spokane
4125 N Maple St
Spokane, WA 99205
Phone: (509) 325-2018
Offering an Early Childhood Education Assistance Program and classes to 70 children ages 1 to 11 in the Salish language.Spokane Valley High School
Spoikane Community College Lair
1810 N. Greene Street
Spokane, WASpokane Valley Tech Skills Center
(a program of Central Valley School District)
115 S. University Road
Spokane Valley, WA
Serves School Districts:
Central Valley, East Valley, West Valley and Freeman
Connects high school students
with relevant technical skills and experience for career and college
readiness. It gives students hands-on experience in a potential career
field or the opportunity to earn college credit. It offers college and
career readiness to students. Courses are free
high school students in Spokane County, and students can earn high
school credit. High school juniors and seniors are offered an expanded
list of courses, including Advanced biomedical applications, Advanced
engineering applications, Sports medicine, and the Avista Center for
Entrepreneurship, Cosmetology, Finance, Fire science, and Aerospace and
advanced manufacturing. The school will be adding a computer science
program with a focus on
network engineering - the skills to install, maintain and support
computer communication networks. Summer school
offered to all students entering 9th through 12th grade. There will be 8
classes offered: Aerospace and advanced manufacturing; Cosmetology;
Energy and manufacturing; Fire science; Microsoft IT Academy; Sports
medicine; Principles of biomedical sciences; and Introduction to
engineering design. The Oaks Classical Christian Academy
Valley Fourth Memorial Church
2303 S. Bowdish
Spokane Valley, WA Valley Christian School
Valleyi Real Life Church
1831 S. Barker Road
- Parents in Spokane remove about 10% of students from the public schools they are designated to attend, and place them in alternative schools. Over 1 million students are home-schooled in the U.S., and there are 800,000 students in 3,000 charter schools. This statistic sends a message to educators and legislators that many parents are not happy with public education.
- Charter Schools are an excellent option for families. Educational choice enhances school effectiveness. The competition and innovation that result when public school systems are required to provide more education options makes all schools better. The federal government has provided money to give parents more choices to transfer their children from a low-performing to a higher performing school. In addition, money was allocated to build charter schools. As schools compete for students, families gain better options, and schools gain a powerful incentive to improve.
- Career and technical education programs give high school students the chance to satisfy their curiosity. They give students hands-on experience in a potential career field, as well as the opportunity to earn college credit.
- Many colleges are looking for home-schooled students. Schools are beginning to offer incentives like additional programs to retrieve and engage home schooled children, if only part-time, because public schools are losing state dollars for every student who is absent.
- Melinda (and Bill) Gates spoke at a graduation at St. George’s School in Spokane. Melinda said, “One-third of U.S. high school students don’t graduate prepared for rigorous colleges. This type of inequity ruins people’s lives. And it will go on forever unless people like you rise up and change it—because you decide that the kind of education you as students got, is the kind of education everyone ought to have.” (“Gates tells seniors to fight inequity,” The Spokesman-Review, June 9, 2007)
- There has been a great decline in ethical standards over the last several decades, resulting in more than 2 generations who have been raised with little moral values or character development in our schools. As a result, many of today’s youth, politicians, and corporations are less anchored to traditional moral values. Academic skills are needed, but they are not enough.
- Running Start. This program allows high school students to take college courses while still registered in high school and living at home. Students are allowed to leave the high school during their junior and/or senior years, and take courses on a college campus. Juniors and seniors must have a GPA average of at least 3.0 to attend classes at state universities and community colleges through the Running Start program. In addition, some high schools offer off-campus classes via the Internet or teleconferencing.
In 2005-2006 the state’s Running Start program had 16,540 participants. There were nearly 1,000 Running Start students at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. Slightly more participated in programs run by EWU, either on campus or through high schools.
About 10% of the state’s high school juniors and seniors now take college credits, tuition-free, through the Running Start program. This is a trend nationwide.
Students and families find benefits from Running Start, such as:
- An enormous savings to families because these college classes are
- Nearly all paid for by the State; thus, they attend 2 years of college for free.
- Students receive dual credit for classes taken, and many graduate from high school with both a high school degree and a 2-year associate’s degree.
- Running Start programs may also increase the number of students who go on to college, and the number of actual college graduates.
- Many students thrive in a full-time college setting.
- College classes challenge many students more than regular high school classes do.
(NOTE: Running Start is not suitable for all students.)