Welcome to Arrowhead Student Services where we work to ensure that all students have access to the curriculum they need to pursue a high quality educational experience at Arrowhead and beyond. Below is an overview of the programs and services provided.
The Arrowhead Way
The Arrowhead Way’s mission is to foster and maintain a sense of belonging to the Arrowhead community of students, staff and families so that our students can achieve social, emotional, and academic success through pro-active systemic supports.
The Arrowhead Way holds three expectations
Academically the Arrowhead Way works towards ensuring all students meet academic skill standards. Socially and emotionally, the Arrowhead Way works with students on how to foster positive relationships and connect with the larger community.
Academic and Career Planning
Academic and Career Plans (ACPs) are plans that students will develop for success in high school and post-secondary academic and career development. With support from teachers, counselors and parents, the ACP's help students create personalized programs of study that incorporate high school graduation requirements, personal interests, and individually-defined career goals. Throughout the process, students complete self-assessments, set goals and participate in career exploration activities to become more aware of individual strengths and weaknesses, and gain a better understanding of college and career options. The result is that students are better able connect their goals to educational coursework and career goal activities, and engage in long-term planning for life after high school graduation.
School Counselors are instrumental in help student navigate high school and ACP process. Arrowhead High School Counselors work in partnership with students, parents/guardians, staff, and the community to assist in maximizing the potential of all students and strive to ensure academic success. The program is modeled on the state and national standards, focuses on Academic, Personal/Social, and Career Development to help ensure that our students are prepared to become the next generation of citizens, workers, parents, and leaders, counselors work to prepare graduates for the ever-changing world. Arrowhead High School’s counseling program provides:
- Promoting academic success
- Educational and personal coping strategies
- Collaborative conferencing
- Career and post-secondary planning
- Communication skills...problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
At Arrowhead, School Psychologists work collaboratively with students, families and school staff to best meet the individual needs of students. These needs are met through a combination of academic and socio-emotional supports to promote a successful educational experience. This support is provided through direct intervention, data interpretation, goal setting, and facilitating the special education and 504 evaluation processes.
School Psychologists also provide support through school-wide initiatives such as the Arrowhead Way, which promotes system-level educational practices and a sense of belonging within the Arrowhead Community. These collective services provide students with increased access to the curriculum and various educational tools.
These include support from special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and vision and hearing specialists. Other student services staff may also provide related services to students with disabilities.
Each student who is identified with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is assigned a case manager who acts as primary point of contact for questions and concerns about the student and who also convenes the student’s IEP team. Our services operate in collaboration and cooperation with all staff members and is driven by student need.
The Transition Program is a unique opportunity for Arrowhead students to earn credits through a "hands on" employment experiences in the community. Students meet their academic requirements in the morning and get their work/volunteer time in the afternoon. Students in this program get matched with a business where they will have a job internship. They learn job skills and develop a strong and positive work ethic. With job coaching and guidance through the community and teachers working together, students learn employment skills, gain confidence and explore which direction to go in the workforce. Students may experience an exceedingly difficult time navigating the high school environment. For these students two programs are available to assist with their journey through school.
Alternative Education is a half-day program for students who have been selected to participate to earn a second chance at graduating on time with their peers. Students are expected to be employed 10-15 hours a week and will work towards earning their Employability Skills Certificate from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Course content will be delivered by direct instruction, hands on activities, guest speakers, field trips and group projects. The purpose of Alternative Education is to provide a supportive environment, where students can feel comfortable coming for academic and emotional support, allowing for successful attainment of their high school diploma.
School Success is an innovative and creative approach to enhancing each student’s education experience through a collaborative school-based model, integrating mental health services into the academic day. Therapeutic interventions focus on each individual developing skills, strategies and tools to address their specific mental health treatment needs through group and individual therapy/counseling, supportive resources, community experiences and on-going communication with family, community support persons and the academic/clinical team. The optimum goal for each student is to transition successfully to a full time academic curriculum, have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities of their choice and feel they are truly a part of the school community.