We are a tuition-free, 7th-12th grade public charter school for students in grades 7-12 located in Willmar, Minnesota. We focuses on 21st Century Skills as part of our career and college preparedness objective. We offer student directed project-based learning that is engaging and hands-on. Project-based learning is an innovative approach to education where students are encouraged to actively explore real-world scenarios and challenges and develop a deeper knowledge of the subject area.
Vision Statement: To Inspire Every Student Every Day
Mission Statement: It is our mission to educate and enrich all students to achieve their full potential and succeed in a changing world.
■ Students do best when parents, district leadership, staff, and the community collaborate.
■ Strong schools rely on and build a strong community.
■ In an open and inclusive learning environment that fosters diversity and acceptance of all students,
and in all members of our larger local, national, and international community.
■ All people are valued and work harder when they feel valued.
■ That our curriculum, instruction, and assessment should challenge students at all levels.
■ All students deserve educational opportunities to meet their individual potential.
■ In fostering lifelong learners and leaders.
■ In a safe supportive, and respectful environment.
■ All students — individually and collectively — have a voice and can make a contribution.
■ In being committed to every student’s emotional, social, and academic success and well-being.
PWELC encompasses over 500 acres of rolling glacial terrain, woods, prairies, ponds and wetlands! PWELC is committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages, including customized programs, public events, field trips, memberships and volunteer opportunities. Walk-in visitors are welcome to use hiking and ski trails throughout the year. We have equipment rentals: skis, snowshoes, kicksleds, fat-tire bikes, canoes, and kayaks.
Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, MN, and online. The college serves more than 5,000 students through its nearly 100 academic programs and more than 68,000 training hours for individuals and businesses through customized training and continuing education. Ridgewater is a member of Minnesota State and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.