A new law, RCW 28A.340.080, was adopted to “authorize and encourage innovative, cooperative high school programs for students from very small school districts.”
Last year a group of community volunteers began to explore this opportunity.
Pacific Crest Innovation Academy will be a small cooperative, public high school program.
The Mill A School District will be the host district with sole responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.
Pacific Crest Innovation Academy will share Mill A School facilities. A portable building may be used for supplemental classroom space.
Sharing facility, administrative, support and overhead expenses with Mill A School may enable both the current K – 8 program and the new high school program to operate more efficiently and invest more dollars directly into student learning.
Mill A School will continue to have the capacity to serve all resident K – 8 students and a limited number of non-resident students on a space-available basis (up to 30 K – 8 students total).
Pacific Crest Innovation Academy expects to serve 15 - 30 high school students; its maximum capacity will be approximately 40 students.
Students who reside in the Mill A School District or the cooperative district, Mount Pleasant School District, will be eligible to enroll on a voluntary basis.
Stevenson High School will continue to be the primary, designated high school for the Mill A School District.
Pacific Crest Innovation Academy will offer multiple instructional strategies, including individual, self-directed, experiential, project-based, external and alternative learning opportunities in addition to classroom and collaborative instruction.
The high school program may have a full-time science teacher, a full-time math teacher, a full-time technology/engineering teacher, a full-time language arts teacher, and a full-time social studies teacher, as well as part-time teachers with expertise in music, art, health and fitness.
Technology classes may include the Microsoft Imagine Academy.
Extended Learning Opportunities may offer students the option to enroll in co-curricular classes, such as individual music lessons, classes through community education services, or other organized courses offered online or throughout the region.
Class periods may be for extended blocks of time to facilitate deeper learning and make classes more accessible for remote students enrolled on a part-time basis.
Students may accelerate the pace of their progression. High school credit may be earned by demonstrating proficiency at the end of a course or earlier at the student’s request.
Credits may also be earned by completing the time-based course with a passing grade, completing a number of hours of instructional activities related to the subject, or otherwise demonstrating mastery of the subject matter.
Pacific Crest Academy will work closely with a local college to become a model college-in-high-school program. All high school students will have an opportunity to earn college credits in addition to a high school diploma.