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​Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Communities different from regular classes? Communities teaches to the same learning standards as the rest of the OASD in a unique community project format. The application of social studies content, literacy skills, and leadership habits are embedded in these projects. Students work with and within the community to make an impact on authentic community needs.

  • Is Communities rigorous? The gathering of essential information from primary and other real-world sources is challenging, especially when students are required to apply and present their learning to authentic audiences for authentic purposes. The texts, experiences, and people with whom students engage offer rigorous learning opportunities. 

  • How will Communities help me get into a college/university?Communities provides learners with regular opportunities to practice and perfect their soft skills, develop their leadership skills, enhance their ACT preparation and network with community partners and businesses. All of these activities will help to build a solid foundation for college admission and proficiency within college and beyond.

  • What does my child do the other hours of the day? Students are part of the Communities program for two periods of the day. The rest of the day they attend  their traditional Oshkosh North classes and participate in sports and activities with the rest of the North students.  

  • What if my child does not like it once they get in?We believe that all learners are unique and the Communities program may not fit the learning style or preferences of all students. If Communities is not a good fit for your child, they will be able to change their schedules at the end of the semester.

  • Does everyone get in? What happens if they don’t? Students must complete an application. The applications are reviewed and then placed in a lottery selection. If a student is not selected, the student will be placed on a waiting list.

  • Can my student still be on an accelerated path and be in Communities? The Communities schedule allows a student to take more than two credits in two class periods, which can free up the student’s remaining schedule. This allows students to take other advanced course offerings. 

  • In what ways will Communities benefit my child?Your child will actively learn essential concepts with an authentic application, which leads to deeper retention. Learners have opportunities to enhance their 21st-century skills (communication, critical thinking, commitment, collaboration, and creative thinking) while making an impact on needs in their community.  Being in the community exposes your student to real-life career pathways.

  • Are parents involved in Communities? Parental involvement is critical for the growth of our students.  Parents moderate student discussions, give feedback to students on their progress, and parents serve as an authentic audience during the final, demonstration of learning phase of the project.  

  • Can my child be in Communities 2 if they were not in Communities 1?  Students can be a part of Communities if there are spots available.  They must complete an application.


  • What type of student is in Communities? Unique learners comprise the Communities student body. The type of student that thrives in this environment is one who is open to new strategies, experiences, and ways of learning. Willingness to step outside of one's comfort zone, work collaboratively with others, and a desire to apply learning in real, authentic situations is essential.


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