Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of starting this charter school?
Our purpose is to allow students to take charge of their own learning in a flexible small school environment focused on engineering careers and global awareness and understanding.
To get a better understanding of a charter school check out this video:
Our Mission is to engage learners to become productive adults serving others as leaders, problem-solvers, and communicators.
Who can attend the school?
The students will be from the Wausau area, both Wausau School District students as well as those who choose to enroll through Open Enrollment.
How many students will attend Wausau EGL Academy?
Currently there is no max on the amount of students that will attend EGL. EGL does not plan on growing beyond 100 to 150 students when at full capacity.
Where is the school located?
Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy is an autonomous high school located on the campus of Wausau East High School. Wausau EGL Academy has its own mission, teachers, instructional philosophy, classrooms, school day, and even its own school entrance. Follow the signs to the East side of the building.
Can a student still play sports or participate in extra-curricular activities for their home school?
Wausau School District students will be able to play for their home school. Students enrolling from outside the District may choose to participate in athletics and after-school extra-curricular programs.
Who is going to teach at this charter school?
Go to Our Team to learn more.
How many teachers will be at the school?
Wausau EGL Academy will employ approximately 3 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs). The remaining staff will not be full time, yet together they will complete the Wausau EGL Academy instructional team. In future years the staff will grow to accommodate the full complement of Wausau EGL students.
What is the Wausau EGL Academy current curriculum?
The curriculum at Wausau EGL Academy will be taught in a problem-based and project-based instructional environment. The emphasis will be on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); however, due to the interdisciplinary nature of our program, students will master the Wisconsin State Standards required for graduation in English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education. As students begin their program at Wausau EGL Academy much of the instruction will be coordinated and directed by their instructors. As students move through the program they will accept more responsibility for planning and implementing their own individual and group projects.
Instruction will be delivered in new and innovative ways at Wausau EGL Academy. Students will participate in Foundation courses that combine standards from several different subjects woven together in four-week small learning community courses. They will also participate in Workshops—skill-based short-term lessons that bring topical experts together with students to help them master specific skills. Seminars will be focused short courses of no more than 4 weeks duration on an in-depth topic or integrated study led by one or two faculty members. In addition, a great deal of student learning will take place during field studies, job shadowing, internships, community service, and apprenticeships.
Each Wausau EGL Academy student will complete a yearly independent project and a Senior Capstone Project that is juried by community experts as well as EGL Academy faculty. Each Wausau EGL student will be expected to participate in at least one international learning experience whether working with experts and peers online or completing field studies abroad.
Here is an explanation of project based learning.
How is student academic success be measured?
Wausau EGL Academy students will be evaluated on their ability to master the Wisconsin State Standards in all curricular areas through specific courses offered by the Academy and through the projects that students tackle throughout their time at EGL Academy. Evidence of learning will be documented to show that students have met or exceeded the Standards.
In addition, students will have an electronic or hardcopy portfolio. Student presentations will be a required element of every project, culminating in a juried Senior Capstone Project presentation.
Students graduating from Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy will have the equivalent of four plus years of Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics. They will also meet the State Standards for graduation in the subjects of English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Health and Physical Education. Students will be required to participate in an international learning experience during their four years at Wausau EGL Academy.
What opportunity will my child have to take a foreign language?
A key component of our philosophy at the Wausau EGL Academy is for our students to have a comprehensive understanding of how to be a successful adult in an ever-shrinking world. Cultural competency and understanding will be woven across the curriculum and each student will be responsible for participating in at least one project with global implications during their high school career at Wausau EGL Academy.
We have worked with business leaders and our own Governance Council engineering leaders to study the topic of which Foreign Language is most appropriate to offer at our charter school at its inception. We have been told overwhelmingly that the language of global business is English and our engineering partners have advised us that the language required in their work really revolves around each firm’s international business partners. For many companies, this means Spanish and Chinese.
For this reason the Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy help its students have access to a Foreign Language experience .
Can students transfer in the middle of the year to the charter school? How will credits from other schools transfer in/out?
Students will be able to transfer in the middle of the school year as long as we have space available. Each student will have an individual academic plan and portfolio that will comprise a major component of their grading and credits toward graduation; therefore, transfers will be handled between Wausau EGL Academy and the other high schools on an individual basis.
Are grades assigned to specific classes?
Students will receive grades for the work they accomplish at Wausau EGL Academy. We work carefully to ensure that students meet all State Standards and criteria for graduation as well as developing assessment practices and grading parameters. We also entertain dialog with colleges and universities about how our students’ program meet their entrance requirements and ways that our students could actually earn collegiate level credit while in our program at Wausau EGL Academy.
Can students take courses at their home school outside of the academy?
Students have scheduling opportunities to participate in offerings not available at Wausau EGL Academy through Wausau East or West High Schools as long as it is a minimal distraction from EGL’s schedule.
When/How do students register for the charter school?
Central and Northern Wisconsin students in grades 9 through 12 can register to attend the Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy. There is no cost to attend this school; however, students may be responsible for their own transportation.
Students in the Wausau School District may indicate their interest in Wausau EGL Academy at any time.
Check out more enrollment information by going here.
Open Enrollment questions for the Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy may be answered by calling the school at 715-261-0625.
What does a typical day look like?
The Wausau EGL Academy schedule consists of advisory in the morning, followed by a combination of teacher led instruction and self-paced on line programs. The afternoon is designated for Project Based Learning. For a better understanding of what project based learning is, watch the video below.
What type of student are you looking at who would be successful in this type of school?
- Students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Young people who are self-starters, team players, with a strong drive to understand how things work and why.
- Students who want to learn by doing and who love to solve problems in new and different ways.
- Young people who want to experience the real world application of what they learn in the classroom.
- Students who want to experience other cultures and learn how to navigate the worlds of business, higher education, and community leadership.
Check this link out for a more in depth look at successful students at EGL.
Do students park with the East students or have their own parking area?
They will have their own teachers, classrooms, school day, entrance, and parking area.
I heard the hours were going to be different for the students–starting later in the morning and leaving later in the day–is this true?
We have flexibility in the daily schedule, however due to transportation constraints the starting time is 7:45 a.m. A typical day ends at 3:00 p.m. Much of our students’ time is spent working in field studies and participating in job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships. At the Wausau EGL Academy, the world becomes the classroom so our schedule will be flexible to reflect this important component of our program.
What kind of extra clubs will your school provide?
Wausau EGL students determine the clubs and activities that become part of the culture of our charter school.
Students have the option of participating in athletics and in extra-curricular activities at either Wausau East or Wausau West High School if the activities fit in the student’s schedule.
Will EGL students graduate from East or West or will they have a separate graduation ceremony?
Graduates from Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy will receive a diploma from Wausau EGL Academy. Wausau EGL Academy is one of Wausau School District’s four high schools.
Is there special busing for these students or do they need to find their own transportation to your school?
As with all charter schools, students are responsible for their own transportation. However, if students live in the Wausau School District, they are eligible for busing to EGL. There may also be opportunities for students to utilize the MetroRide bus system. For more specific information on whether your student would qualify for any type of bussing, please call 715-261-0625.