Start your college career in preschool

The Woodlawn Innovative Network (WIN) is a Birmingham City Schools initiative to transform education in the five schools in the Woodlawn High School feeder pattern.The approach, supported by Woodlawn Foundation and A+ Education Partnership, focuses on teaching children what they need to know to be successful, how to think critically and how to apply that thinking to solve real-world problems.

WIN features an integrated curriculum that carries children from Pre-K through high school graduation with the opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of college credit by graduation, the equivalent of an associate’s degree.

A new curriculum is being designed for elementary students at Avondale and Oliver elementary schools and Hayes Pre-K – 8 School. This new curriculum will transition the elementary grades into STEAM academies. STEAM academies nurture young students’ natural curiosity about the world around them. By focusing on ideas from the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plus the arts (STEAM), children will be actively engaged in learning.

A new curriculum will transition 6th through 8th grades at Putnam Middle School and Hayes Pre-K – 8 School into middle schools of innovation. Here, the focus is on creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Parents and students will begin to see teachers implement new strategies to spark student learning. Classrooms will include an energetic mix of direct instruction, research, exploration and hands-on learning.

School districts and higher education partners use existing resources in new and creative ways so that Early College Academies can provide up to 60 hours of college credit (two years) or an associate degree at no cost to the students and parents.  Students entering Woodlawn High School will select from two Early College Academy paths: Business & Finance or Arts & Environmental Science. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in college credit courses as they progress through the program. Those courses can be transferred to any community college or four-year university in the state of Alabama. Some of the classes will be eligible for transfer to out of state schools as well.

Pre-K - 5th Grade

A new curriculum is being designed for elementary students at Avondale and Oliver elementary schools and Hayes Pre-K – 8 School. This new curriculum will transition the elementary grades into STEAM academies. STEAM academies nurture young students’ natural curiosity about the world around them. By focusing on ideas from the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plus the arts (STEAM), children will be actively engaged in learning.

6th-8th Grade

A new curriculum will transition 6th through 8th grades at Putnam Middle School and Hayes Pre-K – 8 School into middle schools of innovation. Here, the focus is on creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Parents and students will begin to see teachers implement new strategies to spark student learning. Classrooms will include an energetic mix of direct instruction, research, exploration and hands-on learning.

9th - 12th Grade

School districts and higher education partners use existing resources in new and creative ways so that Early College Academies can provide up to 60 hours of college credit (two years) or an associate degree at no cost to the students and parents.  Students entering Woodlawn High School will select from two Early College Academy paths: Business & Finance or Arts & Environmental Science. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in college credit courses as they progress through the program. Those courses can be transferred to any community college or four-year university in the state of Alabama. Some of the classes will be eligible for transfer to out of state schools as well.

If you believe your child should be on the college fast track, join the WINning team.

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