Having real support is helping students with their education: Westside’s West Campus in Omaha with high reputation
OMAHA, NEBRASKA — When you think of a high school, the image that most likely comes to mind is a large structure, such as the one that houses Westside High School.
But once they step foot on the Westside High School West Campus, students have the chance to participate in a more individualized, one-on-one educational experience that is catered to their level of ease, requirements, and areas of interest.
There are around fifty students present who find solace in simply walking around being themselves.
According to Ty’Juon Cox, a student at the West Campus, “It’s just a good environment to be around, with the people here, I get along with virtually everybody, and the teachers make me feel welcome.” “It’s just a wonderful environment to be around,”
According to Cox, having the support has been beneficial to his studies.
He said, “As far as my getting caught up on work, I’ve done lot better than I thought I could ever do.” “I’ve done way better than I thought I could ever do.”
Students are given additional time as well as specialized attention under this model so that they can receive any assistance that they might require.
“Not only in that class, but then we have individual work time that they can come to me and they can get caught up, and if they have questions, it’s like a no judgement zone,” said Carey Starns, an English instructor. “Not only in that class, but then we have individual work time that they can come to me and they can get caught up.”
In addition, teachers are able to focus on the pupils’ specific interests and objectives. Even though the campus is physically distinct from the main high school, students there have access to the same educational resources.
“We started taking students to a variety of different colleges so that they could get college visits. We’ve also done industry tours, where we take them out into businesses so that they can see what’s available to them,” said Rick Painter, the district coordinator of secondary counseling. “Last year, we did a career fair. We started taking students to a variety of different colleges so that they could get college visits.”
And many students have taken advantage of these chances here on campus.
Emily Vlcek, a teacher of special education, noted that the children have the same options because “last year we had two students win full-ride scholarships to UNO and Metro (Metropolitan Community College) and so they have the same opportunities.”
It is possible that students will be assigned to this campus for a variety of different reasons. However, both teachers and students believe that there is a widespread misconception that this is where pupils who have behavioral issues go. However, it is so that pupils can have a sense of security and flourish in a more intimate setting.
According to Vlcek, “They are comfortable here, they know that they can trust us, and I think that every person in this building has someone that they can go to.”
According to Cox, moving to this campus has given him the opportunity to truly look forward to going to class.
He advised, “Don’t judge, because until you find out the full story, you don’t know.”
The 22nd of September is the date of the next career fair that will be held on this campus. According to the district, if you would like to participate, you can send an email to [email protected]