Battle Ground Public Schools’ (BGPS) alternative learning experience programs are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2017-18 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 (campus is closed on Wednesdays for at-home learning). 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. Prospective students must take an assessment. Parents should attend an information meeting to learn more and get an application. Notification of acceptance will be sent March 29.
Application deadline: Mon., March 1 at 3 p.m.
Informational meetings: Thurs., Feb. 9, 3-4:30 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Thurs. Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Assessments: Wed., March 8. Grades 3-4 test 3-4:30 p.m.; grades 5-8 test 3-5 p.m.; and high school students can test either 3-5:30 p.m. or 6-8:30 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. If you have questions about CASEE, please call (360) 885-5361.
Application deadline: Mon., March 27
CASEE Open house: Prospective students and their families are invited to attend on Thurs., Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at CASEE Building B, room 205, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie.
Get more information about the CASEE program and an application at casee.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5361.
River HomeLink (grades K-12)
River HomeLink is a parent-partnered program for Battle Ground School District families that provides a range of educational supports for homeschooling. Families can choose from a pure homeschool model that offers curricula help combined with weekly meetings with a certificated teacher, a blended homeschool model that combines homeschool lessons with classes on core subjects and/or extracurricular subjects, a classroom model in the program's unique academic setting, or online classes for students in grades 6-12.
Registration for River HomeLink is a three-step process*: