La Crosse Polytechnic allows students to experience an interdisciplinary, student-driven school environment. We focus on project-based learning and developing equipped, engaged members of society.
Students direct their own learning through “Personal Project.” Personal project is a course students experience everyday where they choose their project topic and direct their own learning within the structures and guidance provided by their advisors. Topics range from “A Day in the Life of a Dinosaur” to “Reforming the Criminal Justice System.” Within each topic, students connect their learning to our learning targets, create written work, and develop a final product to demonstrate their thinking.
Students experience interdisciplinary studies through “Advisory Guided Project.” This course allows students to delve deep into a specific question or topic and create an authentic product to demonstrate their learning. This could include creating a short film, designing a battery, or crafting a custom piece of clothing. Each quarter topics rotate. We select projects based on student interest, opportunities for community connection, and developing skills in each subject area.
An afternoon block schedule allows students to rotate through our other core classes such as, humanities, math, and STEM. During this time, students also have the opportunity to take electives like, P.E. and Symphonic Band.