APEX Referral Process & Application

Prerequisites to enroll in APEX:

     Student must be:


  • strongly motivated to graduate high school and has demonstrated that goal by putting in effort to his/her coursework.
  • capable of the academic level of coursework and pace demonstrated in traditional classrooms at WHS.
  • willing and able to work independently or in small groups. (Will seek out teachers for help when needed.)
  • accepting and considerate of others in a small learning environment.
  • able to advocate for his/her learning plan.
  • reflective and completely honest when assessing his/her learning strengths, deficits, and needs.

Referral Process:

  1. A referral for the APEX program can be made by a guidance counselor, teacher, case manager, or administrator by talking with the student’s counselor.
  2. Mrs. Shetenhelm will be notified by the counselor and she will gather information about the student from his/her teachers and the APEX program’s Referral Team.*
  3. If the student demonstrates that he/she fulfills the APEX prerequisites, the counselor will give the student an APEX application. The student and parent/guardian reviews the APEX program expectations within the application packet.
  4. Student fills out and completes the application form, making sure a parent/guardian signs the application.
  5. The application is returned to the student’s counselor in Student Services. The counselor will contact Mrs. Shetenhelm.
  6. The student’s counselor will arrange an interview with the APEX program teacher to discuss the program expectations and what a possible schedule could look like.
  7. Mrs. Shetenhelm, the guidance counselor, and the student will go over a credit check sheet with student. This sheet will inform what courses and standards student needs to work on while in APEX.
  8. Students/parent/guardian are then informed if there will be a schedule change.
  9. The APEX program staff will review each student’s efforts within the first 15 school days  he or she is within the program . If the student demonstrates all expectations of the program during the probationary period, the student will continue within the program. Students not meeting behavioral or academic expectations will be returned to traditional classes. This may occur during the first 15 day probationary period, but the APEX staff will also check in on a quarterly basis.

*Referral Team may include some (if not all): APEX teacher(s), principal, assistant principal(s), guidance counselor, social worker, current teachers, case manager

Click here for the PDF version of the APEX Application 2016 PDF