We need your help to expand our services so we can serve more students. Youthnet, a support network for youth, started its first school in 1976. For 43 years, we have been serving students at Emerson Academy, an Education Center, in the Skagit Valley and helping hundreds of students graduate from high school and receive wrap-around services to support their physical, emotional, and academic needs. Physical boundaries and our location have limited our enrollment. However, the demand for a school that provides specific interventions and supports for students from marginalized and underserved populations continues to grow.
To respond to the demand, we are expanding to a full K-12 tuition-free public school, Northwest Schools of Choice, to serve students in the North Puget Sound Region. Northwest Schools of Choice will provide a community where all students discover their unique potential, talents, and passion, learn at high levels through determination, and are strengthened through our diversity to build a better world. NSC provides marginalized and underserved populations a school where they are supported and valued so they can experience success both in and after their K-12 experience.
We need to raise $50,000 to help with our start-up process and have secured $25,000 in matching funds. These funds are needed for community outreach events to educate the public about another public school choice and to hire experts to help with our expansion and application process. Will you partner with us to make sure that there is a school choice for parents where ALL students are supported to find success?
A whole-child approach to education is defined by policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
A structured literacy approach supports reading and spelling programs that serve all learners, including those that are English language learners, have dyslexia, and those with other special needs.
A personalized learning approach where all students get a “learning plan” based on how he/she learns, what he/she knows, and what his/her skills and interests are. It's the opposite of the “one size fits all” approach used in most schools.
We use this model to:
1) Ensure all students are reading at or above grade level
2) Ensure physical, emotional, and academic support
3) Ensure all students can start and complete a college degree (for those pursuing a degree)
4) Ensure all students feel a strong sense of community and acceptance
5) Ensure all students develop their talents, skills, and passions
Why do we need this?
1) 1 in 5 students in Washington are not graduating from high school
2) All students deserve a champion that is willing to advocate for their needs
3) 2 in 5 students in Washington do not meet grade-level standards on the Language Arts exams
4) 1 in 2 students experience trauma by the age 18 and need direct and intensive emotional support
5) 1 in 5 students have dyslexia or have dyslexia tendencies, and the majority are undiagnosed/unserved