T.E.A.M. program to offer new ninth grade educational options | SierraSun.com

T.E.A.M. program to offer new ninth grade educational options

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Cold Stream Alternative are launching a new TTUSD high school program for interested 2012 ninth graders and families looking for educational choice.

The T.E.A.M. program will provide small classes with personalized instruction. Technology for independent off-site studies and a rigorous yet flexible schedule will allow students to work from home or when traveling. Classes and curriculum will be driven by project-based and and#8220;hands onand#8221; activities to support core standards and integrate themes between classes, drawing from expeditionary and environment-centered learning philosophies.

Jane Loomis, principal of Sierra High Continuation and Coldstream Alternative School, has been designing the T.E.A.M. program for two years. Working in alternative education for 20 years, she saw the need to offer more choices in the TTUSD educational model. A growing number of students have left the district for private schools or non-district charter schools. Loomis set up public meetings and asked the community what they wanted in a high school program. The resulting input provided the impetus to design the T.E.A.M. program as an alternative to traditional high school.

The program will have on-site campuses in Truckee and Tahoe City with a maximum class size of 20 at each site. Students will attend class Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., using the extra time to take classes at Sierra College, the traditional high schools, or to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities.

Enrollment for the T.E.A.M. program is now open; students may apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2012-2013 school year. Contact Loomis, head of the T.E.A.M. program, at 530-582-2640 or email jloomis@ttusd.org.

and#8212; Provided by Switchback PR + Marketing on behalf of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

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