Enrich, Excel, Achieve (EEA) Learning Academy
2607 North 18th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Michael Wridt, Principal
Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy (EEA) was created and continues to meet the needs of students in grades 6-12 who do not find the traditional school setting to be a fit for their academic needs. While many things make EEA unique, several elements stand out. A student-centered approach focuses every decision on the best interest of the students. Individualized curriculum for every student allows self-pacing of subjects and places students in control of their learning. EEA is designed to help students follow paths that emphasize their strengths. Involvement in real-life experiences help create purposeful learning. EEA has a strong emphasis on relationships and their importance in education. EEA strives for collaboration with parents, family members, guardians, and the student to create the best possible outcome for each child.
This is precisely the way EEA makes decisions. We challenge each other as a team to ensure that we accept our responsibility as the adults entrusted with students. We ask ourselves what we need to do differently to ensure that our students are learning what they need for future success.
EEA utilizes 1:1 student computing and a computer-based curriculum that allows students to have a completely individualized educational plan. The curriculum provides lessons in a manner that research has shown improves reading and comprehension. EEA also provides a learning environment that has become a school “home” for many students who did not find their place in the traditional setting, making sure that ALL students are given such opportunities to learn.
EEA has operated under the philosophy that for students to become successful adults, we need to place many strong, positive adults in their lives. We do this through our partnerships. In the past seven years we have partnered with the Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service, Marathon County Restorative Justice, Head Start, Humane Society of Marathon County, Salvation Army, Health Care Center, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and Healthy Marathon County, to name just a few. EEA students and staff also serve on the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drugs Partnership Council, through full council meetings and on the board. We call on experts in the community to bring information and resources into the school. We believe in teaching our students to give back to the community via service opportunities.
Along with the service learning opportunities for our students, the EEA Governance Council began a strategic planning effort to refocus our school and look to the future. The first step in this process is reaching out to all stakeholders both inside and outside the school. The Governance Council is developing surveys that will be sent to these stakeholders to seek understanding and input on the future direction of the school. This strategic planning process will continue through the summer into next school year.
Over the past year EEA has begun to upgrade its school environment through the purchase of new furniture and computers. EEA will continue this effort though next school year as we look to continue to enhance our learning environments in a way that is aligned with our school mission and vision for learning.