Enrolling at Futurus High School
Futurus High School is an alternative learning setting in Centralia School District directed under Washington State Alternative Learning Experience rules and laws governed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. We are a school that caters to juniors, seniors, and 5th year seniors within the district, as well as its surrounding districts, where success in student achievement is guided by a caring and understanding staff, student ownership in learning, and through varied instructional approaches. The mission of our school is that all students will achieve graduation, career and employment readiness, while maintaining the rigor and relevance associated with state and federal learning requirements and standards.
Futurus High School is a learning environment that provides quality instruction through guided individual curriculum, blended, and direct approaches. While area high schools might seek placement for students presenting significant behavioral challenges, this is not the purpose of FHS. Futurus serves students who will benefit through alternative educational approaches by demonstrating a commitment in doing so.
Because an ALE program cannot claim students who are not making adequate progress on their Washington Student Learning Plan, students failing to make adequate progress must be released to their sending school or need to find enrollment elsewhere; online, homeschool, Gravity program, etc. It is important that students (and parents/guardians) understand this rule and this is made clear during the sending school counseling process, and again during FHS orientation; where they can ask questions for clarification.
Prior to Enrollment
Each student will have a 5-day orientation process they will go through with certain items that need to be completed during this time to include 7-Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Career Bridge Inventory and Personal Pathway identification, and IXL Reading and Math benchmark assessments with a reading level of 8+*.
It is important to remember that the APEX delivery system used at Futurus is not geared to students who are significantly behind in reading level, and we feel that an 8th grade level in reading would allow a student to be successful with support here at FHS.
Students not completing the orientation requirements will not be enrolled at FHS. Since FHS is a school of choice it is important that students and parents/guardians, understand this rule and this is made clear during the orientation process where they can ask questions for clarification.
* students with reading levels below 8th grade but not lower than 6th grade can be accepted based upon:
- past successful completion of core high school courses; and/or
- met state testing requirements;
Said students will be contracted for one quarter to determine success. If a student is not successful in earning credit during that time they will return to their sending school or choose another school for their academic needs. This is in place so that a student does not fall behind, or further behind.
FHS 2019-20 Orientation Dates;
August 26th @ 3pm is mandatory for all NEW students AND their parent/guardian. Session will take about an hour.
Prospective in-district students (grades 11 and 12) will submit a completed FHS enrollment form to the FHS office prior to orientation days. This orientation must be attended by parent/guardian and student with no exceptions.
Prospective out-of-district students will submit an Inter-district Transfer Form signed by both district superintendents, submit a completed Futurus High School application to the FHS office, and attend an orientation. This orientation must be attended by parent/guardian and student with no exceptions.
Prospective IEP students will need prior approval from the IEP team at the sending school to determine if placement at FHS meets the Least Restrictive Environment necessity by federal law, and then attend an orientation with parent/guardian. It is important to remember that students with IEP’s who attend FHS must be serviced by a case manager at their sending school. This includes all state testing, management of the IEP, and instruction based upon the IEP; FHS only supports the academic learning goals as written in the IEP.
Students at Futurus will be self-directed in their learning using the online APEX learning system, a blended instruction model, and/or direct instruction for high school credit. Each student will complete 1.5 high school credits, every nine weeks, in subject matter based upon their graduation needs.
Student Schedule Options
Futurus ALE All Day – APEX Learning System
1.5 credits every nine weeks; six credits per year;
New Market Skills Center/Futurus ALE
(0.6 FTE @ NMSC) + (1.0 FTE @ Futurus) = 1.6FTE combined per Skill Center Rules
1.5 credits per semester at NMSC/1.5 credits every semester at Futurus;
Centralia High School/Futurus ALE
(0.2 - 0.4 FTE @ CHS) + (0.6 – 0.8 FTE – 25 hours per week @ Futurus) = split not to exceed 1.0 FTE
Schedule dependent upon courses being taken at CHS
0.5 – 1.0 credits per semester/1.0 credits every six weeks at Futurus
Sports and Clubs
Students at FHS have the same access to sports and clubs at Centralia High School, including Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s).
We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.
Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education.
We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.
We are a school of choice that caters to students in grades 11-12+ within the district, as well as its surrounding districts.
The mission is to provide students with options toward graduation and earning their high school diploma.
Centralia School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator & Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Section 504 Coordinator: Tammy Jensen-Tabor, (email@example.com) (360) 330-7600, 2320 Borst Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531-0610.