Applications being accepted for Battle Ground Public Schools’ alternative programs

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions and open houses

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools’ (BGPS) alternative learning experience programs are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions and open houses to learn more about each program.

Battle Ground Public Schools offers four alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school. The programs are designed to help students pursue their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. The programs offer a variety of alternative education opportunities, from a parent-partnered homeschool and a rigorous academy focused on academics, to a half-day science-focused program for high school students and one that supports self-learners.

Current Battle Ground students may apply for any of the programs that serve the grade they will be in next year. Some programs are also open to students who live outside the district. Students who live within district boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is not provided to/from these programs unless specified in the description.

Enrollment in the alternative programs is free; however, students must apply for admission. The admission process is specific to each program and directions for applying are described below. Admission is based on qualifications, not the order in which the applications are received. Recommendations or counselor approval may be required.

Below is a description of Battle Ground Public Schools’ alternative learning experience programs and their application/enrollment requirements and procedures:

CAM (Character and Academics for the Marketplace) Academy (grades 3-12)

CAM Academy offers a rigorous alternative education for students in third grade through high school. Students attend school four days each week.  Although students do not attend school on Wednesdays the campus is open for students who need additional support. The program requires parent participation. CAM’s mission is to support and promote the academic success, positive character development and acquisition of marketplace skills in students that will facilitate their success both in college and a global society. In the classroom, students study a core curriculum that comprises English language arts, history, science and mathematics and instruction in computer technology. At-home learning covers health and fitness and visual and performing arts and is completed in partnership with parents.  You can find information about the application process under the enrollment tab of the CAM Academy website at cam.battlegroundps.org. You can also call (360) 885-6803 if you have additional questions.

Enrollment: Opens Feb. 1

Application deadline: Mon., March 8 at 2 p.m.

Informational meetings: Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 28 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) (grades 9-12)

The Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for high school students that integrates biological, environmental and agricultural sciences with English language arts. Students in the program attend classes on the CASEE campus, an 80-acre learning laboratory where scientific concepts are explored and reinforced through experiential learning in the classroom, in the lab, and outdoors. Bus transportation is provided to CASEE from both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. Applications for new students are due March 27, and the process requires work samples and a teacher recommendation.

Application deadline: Wed., March 27

Get more information about the CASEE program at casee.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5361. If you’re ready to apply, please visit their website and click the “Apply” tab in the navigation to get started.

River HomeLink (grades K-12)  

River HomeLink is a family-friendly, accredited public school that provides a range of educational options and supports for kindergarten-12th grade students living with the Battle Ground Public School district. Families can choose from part or full-time programs that provide a variety of both homeschool and classroom opportunities.  The River Online program offers online and digital courses to students in grades six through 12. All students are assigned a certificated teacher with whom they and their parents meet regularly. Parents play an active role in their child’s education; both on campus and at home. River HomeLink was designated a 2018 Washington School of Distinction, marking the third year the school has received this designation.

Registration for the 2019-20 school year opens soon  

If you are interested in River HomeLink as an option for your family for the 2019-20 school year, and you reside within the boundaries of Battle Ground Public Schools, please complete RHL’s new student interest form. After submitting the form, you will be contacted via email with an invitation to an upcoming Parent Informational Meeting, which is your first step toward enrollment at RHL.

Summit View High School (grades 9-12)

Summit View High School offers an individualized learning experience to self-directed learners up to 21 years old. Summit View serves independent students, working teens, students seeking an accelerated learning pace, at-risk students and teen parents who have unique and diverse educational demands. The high school assists students in the completion of courses, credit and assessment requirements for graduation, transitioning into another educational setting, and preparing for life after high school. The school is located in the CASEE C Building at 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie.

Get more information about Summit View High School at svhs.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5331.

Open Doors GED Program

The Open Doors program is for Battle Ground School District students ages 16-21 who are credit deficient and wanting to earn their GED. Students work on career and life skills while preparing to take the GED tests. This program shares space with Summit View High School located within the CASEE C Building at 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie.

Get more information about Open Doors by calling (360) 885-5331.

Information provided by Battle Ground Public Schools.

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