Chelan School of Innovation

A New Approach to Learning in the Lake Chelan School District

     "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself"
     ~John Dewey
     About CSI
    What is CSI? 
    • NOT an alternative school, but a different option
    • Pilot high school based on the Big Picture Learning model.
    • Supports/builds on existing programs at CHS, Running Start, Tech Center, College-in-the-High School, CTE Pathways
    Why CSI?
    • CSI is another pathway for students to find their passion, talents, skills.
    • Increased options for diverse array of students.
    • Passion, relevance, and ownership are the vehicles for motivation and deeper, meaningful learning.
    • Because one model doesn’t work for every student
    CSI Guiding Philosophies
    • Empower Self Discovery
    • Promote & Support Design Thinking
    • Inquiry Based, Passion-Driven Learning is Deeper Learning
    • Project Based Learning Increases Collaboration and Critical Thinking
    • The Achievement Gap Can be Closed by addressing the Opportunity Gap
    • Foster an Entrepreneurial Growth Mindset
    • Competency-Based Assessment Promotes Mastery Learning and Tells Each Students’ Story
    • Students Need Advocates, Mentors, and a Support Network
    • Non Cognitive Skills are Integral to Student Achievement
    • Mistakes are a Foundation for Growth
    CSI Learning Principles
    • Leaning must be based on each student’s interests and needs. 
    • Curriculum must be relevant to the student and allow them to do real work in the real world.
    • Student growth and abilities must be measured by the quality of their work and how it changes them.
     CSI Learning Design
     CSI Learning Design
    Community Outreach
    • Increase Collaboration Between Students and the Community
    • Service Learning & Community Service Projects Required at all Levels–Tied to Senior Focus Project in 12th Grade
    • Job Shadows for 9th and 10th
    • Internships for 11th and 12th Grade Students
    Learning Through Internships (LTI's)
    • High School Meets the Real World
    • Students Paired with Industry Export Mentors
    • Projects Connected to Student Interests/Passion
     Grade Level Expectations (documented evidence, reflection, and competency/credit completion)
    • Semester Exhibitions
    • Student Narratives
    • LTIs – Job Shadows & Internships
    • Personal Interest Projects
    • Community Service
    • Regular Attendance
    • Evidence demonstrating growth/achievement of substantial learning in each Competency
  • Continuous Nondiscrimination Statement:

    Lake Chelan School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX / Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Human Resources, 509-682-3515 or

    Section 504 / Special Education / ADA Coordinator, 509- 682-7744 or Lake Chelan School District, PO Box 369, Chelan, WA 98816


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    Crosby Carpenter
    Erik Peterson
    Dean of Students
    Advisor: ELA/Social Studies/Dean of Students/Internship Coordinator
    Allan Simmons
    Advisor: Math/Science
    Shauna Ventimiglia
     “We learn best when we care about what we are doing, when we have choices. We learn best when the work has meaning to us, when it matters. We learn best when we are using our hands and our minds.We learn best when the work we are doing is real and relevant.” 


    ~Dennis Littky
    The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business