Lewis & Clark High restructuring planned

Alternative school will offer blended learning starting in September

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter



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Lewis and Clark High School, Vancouver Public Schools’ alternative school, is being redesigned as a school of choice offering blended learning beginning in September.

An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 2901 General Anderson Ave. Interested students from the eighth through 11th grades and their parents are welcome. The application form is available online. The deadline is March 4.

“The shift is in moving to a school of choice with a blended learning model,” Principal Rob Duncan said.

The school will feature flexible online learning with face-to-face instruction for students in grades 9-12. It will retain its small-school setting with a maximum of 220 students.

Currently, students attend six 40-minute classes and spend about 4.5 hours at school. Beginning next fall, students will be on campus five days a week for about 6.5 hours daily, Duncan said.

Students will use an online computer-based learning system to do coursework, but they will meet with teachers face-to-face for daily advisory class, breakout sessions, Socratic seminars, science labs, debates and to get additional help for online coursework.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and Advanced Placement courses will offer a pathway to college.

“Students will have much guided control over what they’re choosing to do and when,” Duncan said.

For questions, contact the school at 360-313-4350.

Susan Parrish: 360-735-4530; http://twitter.com/col_schools; susan.parrish@columbian.com.