Our Story: In 2005, our 250-student facility was staffed with Polk County Public School personnel, including a Principal who has served as an instructional leader in Florida. At Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center (DWOC), we serve students from grades 6-12, from middle schools and high schools in the Eastern Polk County, Florida area. We strive for our students to return to their home schools as soon as possible.
Our Mission: To provide a high quality education for all students.
Our Vision: Every student will be prepared for success in college or career after graduation.
Our Staff: DWOC is fully staffed with a principal, an assistant principal, two deans, a guidance counselor, a school psychologist, a social worker, and a mental health counselor. We also have, fifteen teachers, a network manager, two secretaries, four paraprofessionals, and two custodians. Our teachers are among the highest qualified in the Polk County Public Schools district, and they meet the following standards:
- Model professionalism.
- Design curriculum and instruction that results in active student engagement.
- Focus on student performance.
- Collaborate with colleagues.
- Consider themselves lifelong learners and consumers of educational research.
- Accept responsibility for creating conditions that enable and promote student success.
- Function as leaders; those who believe in their ability to make a difference in the lives of students and the effectiveness of the school.
How Does My Child Transition Back to Zoned School?
Students are assigned to Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center (DWOC) for serious Code of Conduct violations. Students continue their academics while at DWOC until they are ready to return to their zoned school.
Two weeks prior to release, a letter is sent home to the parents/guardians informing them that their child has met the requirements of their stay. The receiving (zoned) school also receives notice telling them that the student will be returning to their school. DWOC then sets a time and date for an exit meeting and notifies the zoned school of when the student will be re-enrolled.
During the exit meeting the parent, school staff, and a representative from the zoned school discuss the student’s progress. Academic records, test scores, and discipline records are reviewed. The student’s grades-in-progress, current attendance, and scholastic report sheets are attached to the Exit Information Form. All participants leave with a copy of the Exit Conference and Exit Information Form. ?