Truman alternative school faces restructuring

Federal Way's alternative school is undergoing a makeover.

Truman High School, up for review for its waiver, is taking the opportunity to potentially restructure the school — something that is being met with mixed reviews.

Truman currently has a waiver from the Federal Way School Board and the Washington State Board of Education. The waiver allows students to graduate by meeting certain standards, including Washington Grade Level Expectations and in student portfolios. Internships are a main component of the curriculum.

The school now proposes combining some programs already in the district and adding them to the Truman school.

This would include moving the Internet Academy as well as Career and Technical Education programs there.

The proposal also includes an evening school — for those students who either work or have family obligations during the day or need some credit retrieval.

Programs used elsewhere in the district for teaching the core curriculum, like the AVID program, would also be added at Truman.

"We're just enhancing those critical elements," executive director Josh Garcia said. "There is really a desire to strengthen the internships and mentorships and support them with curriculum."

Dozens of students and parents, however, showed up to a information meeting on Tuesday with many questions. Many wondered why this is happening so quick, what can be done to change the proposal, why the teachers can't be kept and why the school is being changed at all.

Any changes to the program would not take effect until fall.

The proposal is still in the proposal stage. The school board will hear more about the issue Feb. 10.

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