Time to apply for Battle Ground Public Schools’ alternative programs

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions and open houses to learn more about each program

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools’ (BGPS) specialized and alternative learning experience programs are accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-21 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 specialized and 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 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 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 are descriptions of Battle Ground Public Schools’ alternative learning experience programs and their application/enrollment requirements and procedures:

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

CAM Academy offers a rigorous alternative education in partnership with parents for students in third grade through high school. CAM Academy’s mission is to support and promote the academic success, positive character development, and acquisition of marketplace skills that will facilitate success both in college and a global society. Students attend school four days each week while Wednesday is used as an at-home learning day with the campus open for students who need additional support. In the classroom, students study a core curriculum comprising English language arts, history, science, mathematics, and instruction in computer technology. At-home learning covers health and fitness and visual and performing arts. These classes are completed in partnership with parents. Additional information about CAM Academy and the application processes for enrollment are located on the CAM Academy website: cam.battlegroundps.org. Applications will be posted under the enrollment tab beginning Feb. 1.

Information meetings will be held on Feb. 11 and 13 for an application deadline of Feb. 21. Another information meeting will be held April 14 with an application deadline of April 24.

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.

The CASEE application deadline is March 27. Get more information online at casee.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5361. If you’re ready to apply, visit their website and click the “Apply” tab. 

River HomeLink (grades K-12) 

River HomeLink is a family-friendly, accredited public school that provides a range of parent-partnered educational options and supports for kindergarten through 12th grade homeschool students living within the Battle Ground Public Schools district. Families can choose from part or full-time programs that provide a variety of both at home and classroom opportunities. The River Online program offers online and digital courses to students in grades 6-12. 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 2020-21 school year open soon 

If you are interested in River HomeLink as an option for the 2020-21 school year and you reside within the boundaries of Battle Ground Public Schools, please complete RHL’s new student interest form online at riv.battlegroundps.org. After submitting the form, you will be invited to an upcoming Parent Informational Meeting.

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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