The Wheatland building opened as an elementary school in 1950 and educated students until 2007. The building then served as a professional development site as well as the location for the district's STEPS program. In 2022, the building was renamed and dedicated as Gail McKinzie High School serving students in the Indian Plains and Achieve programs.
Gail McKinzie High School believes that all
students can succeed when given an educational environment that meets their
individual needs and interests. High expectations are set for all students to empower
them to be responsible, respectful and productive citizens.
Gail McKinzie High School Overview
Indian Plains Program (IP)
IP is a credit recovery program of
choice. This program primarily services 4th year students from the
three district high schools in Indian Prairie School District #204. Students
that are eligible for this program are behind in credits and have demonstrated
that the traditional high school setting is not beneficial for them. The home
school guidance department recommends these students for the program. The
guidance department reviews the student’s credits, attendance and behavior to
make the recommendation. The program is intended to help students catch up and
meet graduation requirements by offering more periods in a school day, smaller
class sizes, individualized learning opportunities and supportive services as
needed. Students must commit to the program guidelines and sign a participation
agreement. The participation agreement establishes the expectations
and obligations for Indian Plains students, parents/guardians, home high school
staff and the Indian Plains team.
Students may not directly enroll in the program; they must be
recommended by the home school guidance department
Program Achieve (ACH)
Program Achieve is a therapeutic high school day program. This program services students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), majority of the students have Emotional Disturbance as their primary disability from the three district high schools in Indian Prairie School District #204. Students eligible for this program have demonstrated the need for a smaller structured environment with supportive services to make progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements. Their emotional dysregulation has impacted their academic success in the traditional high school setting. In addition, they make progress in the areas of personal, social and emotional growth. Students that are successful in this program may transition back to their home school for academic instruction and/or extracurricular activities. All high school diplomas reflect the student’s home high school.
Program Achieve is not appropriate for students without an IEP or for those students in need of a disciplinary placement. It is designed exclusively for students who need academic and emotional supports to experience a successful learning experience.
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