ACCESS is a website that allows students to take different types of classes online instead of in a regular school setting. Currently there are 39 students involved in access. There are 20 students taking English 12, 11 students taking government and economics, 3 students taking creative writing, 1 student taking health, 2 students taking Latin, and finally 2 students taking computer programs. The students have to check in at least twice a week in the library at his or her designated time to work on various Access lessons. To be in the access program you must be a senior, be on an advanced diploma, have a 3.0 GPA and have no more than 1 unexcused absence for the year. Access has opened many opportunities to the WHS seniors involved in this program.
When a student signs up for Access they are given a choice to either come late or leave early. However, once a student commits to a release time they have to do some sort of volunteer work or job shadowing to better his or herself. There is also one other opportunity that has been presented to high school seniors at WHS, Walker now has a dual enrollment plan with the University of Alabama. This gives a student the opportunity to take a freshman orientation class online through the University of Alabama.
The purpose of Access- Early Arrival Late Departure program is to free a block up for students so students can get the chance to figure out what profession he or she wants to do in life or help the community to help others. Students are doing so many different things throughout the community to help others and figure out what is right for them. Several students are job shadowing at T.R. Simmons, Maddox Middle School, West Jasper, and Curry Elementary schools who aspire to be teachers in the future. Students also job shadow at places like: Daily Mountain Eagle, Walker Baptist Hospital, Mental Health Center, and Animal General.
Overall this program is an AWESOME program and is 100% productive to student’s futures. This is a program that is definitely worth working hard to get chosen for because it gives you countless educational and beneficial opportunities.
By: Anslee Brown