Course Selection

Students are empowered when they choose what they work on.

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Credit Tracking

Each student has access to their own version of the credit tracking spreadsheet. The student, in partnership with their CREW teacher fills out the form at the end of each quarter to ensure the student has an updated understanding of their progress toward graduation.      

How Students Pick Courses

We want to empower students by helping them understand where they are at in their journey toward high school graduation. In order to do that, students need to know what is required of them in terms of numbers of classes needed in a specific content area.    

  • In order to graduate each student must have:
  • 4 Credits of English
  • 3 Credits of Math
  • 3 Credits of Science
  • 3 Credits of Social Studies
  • 1.5 Credits of PE
  • 0.5 Credits of Health
  • 0.5 Credits of Personal Finance or Independent Living

Students have three options for how they spend their time - Classes, Seminars, and Advisory

Check out this quarters seminars

English

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
Blogging
Dottke 101
The Evolution of the Super Hero
Color My World - Poetry, Photography, and Art
How Do I Find And Apply For Scholarships?
Storytelling in Video Games

8:00 – 9:00
Jeanine Daugherty
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

If you think you would enjoy learning more about man’s (and woman’s) best friend and then doing an English project this is the seminar for you. We will look at why dogs are such a great match for us humans and brush up on your English skills. .

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

This seminar will meet twice a week and will work to develop personal or professional blogs that enhance students voice and experience. We will build the blog, identify voice and purpose, develop writing skills and peer review, and publish work to a particular audience.

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Dottke 101 is the prerequisite course for all of the project work at Dottke. Students will learn the ins and outs of the independent PBL model used at Dottke as well as grow in understanding around all of the systems that take place at Dottke.

9:00 – 10:00
Kellen Lynch
18 Hours
Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

This seminar is focused on the evolution of the comic book as a medium and will go into topics such as themes, character archtypes, the rise of the super hero movie, and more! Example projects may include doing a psychological profile on a super hero and the student creating their own character(s).

10:00 – 11:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

In this Seminar students will combine poetry with photography and art. We will read and listen to contemporary and classic poetry, reflect on the poet’s message, try our hand at writing our own verse, host weekly open mic and spoken word/ slam poetry readings. Students will use the poetry to create artistic and/ or photographic images. All students will create their own portfolio, which will include their poetry, art and photography.

1:00 – 2:00
Jeanine Daugherty
35 Hours
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

In this seminar we will spend our time looking for and applying for scholarships to help you pay for college. We will also take a look at the colleges you are interested in. This class is for Juniors and Seniors only.

2:00 – 3:00
Kellen Lynch
18 Hours
Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

This seminar focuses on video games as a medium to tell a story. This seminar will explore the evolution of storytelling in video games including the earliest examples to current blockbuster titles. Possible projects could include creating our own video games!

Science

Independent Project-Based Science

12:00 – 1:00
Jenny Olechowski and Michelle Burton
35 Hours
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

Students wishing to earn science credit through a project of their own choice should sign up for this seminar. Here students will work to:

1. Choose a science topic to learn about
2. Create a project designed to meet specific learning targets for the science credit
3. Work directly with a science teacher to plan individual projects, monitor progress, troubleshoot/tune the project and complete project reflection documents.

Students will earn 1/2 science credit by completing = this seminar AND its corresponding science project.

US History

World Religions
History of Peace and Non-Violence
How Music Has Shaped History
The History of West Allis

9:00 – 10:00
Mondays and Thursdays
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

2:00 – 3:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

In this US History class students will learn about the City of West Allis from its origin through present day. The class will explore 20th century issues of immigration, WW1, prohibition, WW2, industrialization, etc and how West Allis was affected by national and world events, as well vital roles West Allis played in US History. Get to know the City of West Allis and learn about its proud legacy.

World History

World Religions
History of Peace and Non-Violence
From Human Existance to Civilization
How Music Has Shaped History
Global Goals For Sustainable Development

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will be looking at theories of how humans got on earth and the transition from nomadic life to living in a civilization .

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how music has been a force for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Students will explore how music has been a force for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

Psychology

Psychological Disorders

9:00 – 10:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will discuss some of the more commonly diagnosed psychological disorders. Students will learn the causes, effects, and treatment options for a variety of psychological disorders.

Sociology

The History Of Peace and Non-Violence
How Music Has Shaped History
Race, Age, Gender, and Ethnicity

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will be looking at Race, Age, Gender, and Ethnicity from a sociological perspective. We will be studying how each of these aspects of society affect our individual behaviors and the behaviors of society as a whole.

Government

The History Of Peace and Non-Violence
Global Goals For Sustainability

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations made the most ambitious plan that has ever been agreed. They identified 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This seminar seeks to teach students about the Global Goals, to show them that a better world is possible.

Health

Emotional Health and Stress

1:00 – 2:00
Jenny Olechowski
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/20

Emotional Health and Stress emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

Independent Living

Independent Living - Career and Living Choices and Budgeting

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

In this seminar, students will explore possible career options, choose a place to live based on the expected take-home salary of their top career, and create a budget based on his/her expected expenses.