Tomah High School
The Crossroads program is designed for nontraditional learners ages 14 to 16 who have had or are having difficulties in the regular classroom. Students work in a self-paced/self-directed manner under the guidance of a licensed secondary education teacher to complete computer-based courses using the NovaNET curriculum in the major academic areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Students receive the majority of their instruction via the computer. Students attend for half of the day and are required to take elective classes, work, or volunteer for the other half of the day. The goal of the Crossroads program is to help the student successfully transition back into the regular classroom and earn the credits needed for a high school diploma. Crossroads is located at Tomah High School.
Decisions provides a “last chance” for students who have not been successful in any other setting within the high school or in other alternative programs. Placement here can be the result of poor motivation, disruptive behavior, or expulsion. Students in this program work on an individualized academic plan while they work to “earn their way back” to the traditional high school, Excel, or the Milwaukee Street Academy. Students who fail to meet course requirements in this program could face expulsion. The goal of this program is to keep students on track academically while they work on modifying their behavior so they can return to either the traditional high school or one of the other alternative programs.
The Excel program will serve at-risk students age 16-21 who are not successful in the traditional school setting. Students will work on a competency-based curriculum designed to integrate rigorous academic standards with emotional, social, and life skills instruction in an individualized, small group manner. Students will earn a high school diploma in 1 ½ to 2 years by successfully completing 54 competencies in the areas of Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. Each competency will include career exploration and a culminating project which may take the form of an essay, oral presentation, or computer presentation. Additionally, all students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service each semester. Students will attend school half a day and be required to work or volunteer the other half day.
The Tomah High School Milwaukee Street Academy is an alternative education program for at-risk youth designed to serve students age 17 to 21 who are not successful in the traditional school setting. The program will offer students the opportunity to earn a Tomah High School diploma in one to two semesters by utilizing the GED Option II. Students will prepare in a self-paced/self-directed manner in the areas of social studies, science, reading, writing, math, civics, and health for the HSED tests while they work on employability skills, life skills, financial literacy, and civic responsibility. Additionally, students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service each semester. Students will attend the program for half the day and work or volunteer for the other half day. The goal of the Milwaukee Street Academy is to help students successfully transition from school to work while earning a high school diploma. Note: At least a 9th grade reading ability is required for this option.
The Compass program, which is located within the Middle School, provides students from grades 6th through 8th with an alternative learning environment. To meet students’ individual needs, we offer smaller class sizes, more hands on learning, and an emphasis on a more self-paced learning structure. We encourage students to find their own identity and realize their full potential in a positive and nurturing atmosphere.