OHS Freedom Farmer Alternative Programs

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OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL
FREEDOM FARMER ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS

Education that Grows Community

 

Who We Are:

Building off of the success of the OHS Freedom Farmers, we are expanding alternative, experiential block-class programs for Olympia High School students.

Our hands-on, outdoor and community-based educational model is for students who thrive when they can apply academic learning to relevant community and environmental issues.

 

We currently offer 3 Block-Class Options:

 

THE FREEDOM FARMERS BLOCK-CLASS 1

(9th Grade – 6 periods)

Utilizing a beautiful farm owned by the Olympia School District, participating students engage in the production of fresh vegetables for the district cafeterias, the Thurston County Food Bank, Safeplace, and the City of Olympia SKIPP free lunch program. While leading community food work, students earn credits in the following subjects:

English (9th), Social Studies (World History), P.E./Health, Math (Algebra 1), Science (Agroecology) and CTE Sustainable Agriculture

 

DRAFT 2022/23 Alternative Schedule - Muirhead Farm Site:

 Mondays  Tuesdays   Wednesdays   Thursdays   Fridays 
 9:30 - 3:00pm 

 9:30 - Noon

 

12:30 - 3:00pm

 Optional

 academic

 support

 Asynchronous

 learning from

 home 

 9:30 - 3:00pm 

 9:30 - Noon

 

12:30 - 3:00pm

 Optional

 academic

 support 

 

 

THE FREEDOM FARMERS BLOCK-CLASS 2

(10th / 11th Grade – 6 periods)

Students continue critical community food work on our farm and in the community with emphasis on perennial fruit, berry, and medicinal plant production. Furthermore, students engage in learning about native ecosystems and the relationships indigenous tribes forged with those ecosystems. Environmental restoration work on our farm and in the community is also a focus area in partnership with the City of Olympia and the Thurston Conservation District. Students earn credits in the following subjects:

English (10th/11th), Social Studies (American Studies), P.E., Math (Geometry), Science (Ethnobotany), and CTE Farm Management

 

DRAFT 2022/23 Alternative Schedule - Muirhead Farm Site:

 Mondays

 Tuesdays 

 Wednesdays 

 Thursdays 

 Fridays 

 9:30 - Noon

12:30 - 3:00pm

  Optional

  academic

  support

 9:30 - 3 pm


 Asynchronous

 learning from

 home 

 9:30 - Noon

12:30 - 3:00pm

  Optional

  academic

  support

 9:30 - 3 pm

 

 

 

THE FREEDOM FARMERS BLOCK-CLASS 3

(11th / 12th Grade – 4 periods)

For older students interested in engaging in community work beyond food security, our new social justice program will provide students opportunities to work on issues related to economic security, community organizing, and social justice. Our new class will include partnerships with relevant local organizations and governmental programs to provide students with real life training in community work. This is a shorter block-class option that provides flexibility for students interested in taking courses on the main campus, New Market Skills Center, ORLA, or other alternatives. Students earn credits in the following subjects:

English (11th/12th), Social Studies (Ethnic Studies/Civics), Applied Art, Math - Statistics

 

DRAFT 2022/23 Alternative Schedule - Muirhead Farm Site:

 Mondays

 Tuesdays 

 Wednesdays 

 Thursdays 

 Fridays 

 12:30 -3 pm

 Volunteering/

 Community

 Service

OR

 Asynchronous

 learning from

 home

 12:30 - 3 pm

 In-Person

 Learning

 12:30 - 3 pm

 In-Person

 Learning

 12:30 -3 pm

 Volunteering/

 Community

 Service

OR

 Asynchronous

 learning from

 home

 12:30 - 3 pm

 In-Person

 Learning

 

 

LOCATION:

Students will primarily meet and work at our district farm site off-campus from Olympia High School – 4800 Siskiyou Street SE Olympia, WA 98501.

 

We also will schedule service learning field trips in partnership with local community organizations and programs.

 

TRANSPORTATION:

Our farm site is conveniently located on a city bus route (#68). Students are also welcome to drive themselves or be dropped off by parents/guardians. We are also working with the Olympia School District on a transportation plan to make sure transport to the farm is not a barrier for any student.

 

APPLICATION:

To be considered for our program, students must complete the following on-line application form.

2022 OHS Freedom Farmers Application

 

Following the successful completion of that application, program staff will be in contact to schedule an interview on the farm this May. After the interview, students will be contacted to finalize the schedule and best block-class placement based on student interests and credit needs.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact your OHS school counselor or the following program instructors:

Luke Duerre:  [email protected]
Cindel Tobias:  [email protected]