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La Crosse Polytechnic School

Updated Jul 26, 2022
1900 Denton St - La Crosse WI - 54601
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In

2010

Grades

6 through 8

Environment

Urban

Type

District - Instrumentality Charter
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto
Authority is granted by the goodwill of the district superintendent and the site principal.

About the Learning Program

At the La Crosse Polytechnic project-based learning seldom resembles a traditional classroom. Instead of formal, subject-oriented classes, individuals and groups of students choose, plan, research, and complete academic study and hands-on projects that result in a community-building presentation. Learning experiences take place outside the confines of the school building in the community whenever possible. This learning includes community experts and covers broad academic areas of study. Authentic learning requires students to develop life skills in time management, collaboration, flexibility, innovation, research, problem-solving, accountability, goal orientation, and meaningful applications of acquired knowledge.