Mission Statement:  Empower students to prepare themselves for the real world by creating a pathway that encourages students to become active learners and productive members of society.

Vision Statement:  To provide staff and students with the tools to create a supportive and safe culture where students develop a positive relationship with the community and learn to own and value their own education.  

WEST Academy was established to provide an alternative educational environment for students in the Newton Community School District.  Still operated by Newton CSD, WEST Academy now serves student from surrounding districts when space is available.  The three areas of focus are academics, social/emotional growth, and career development.  WEST teachers and staff set high expectations and help students develop and refine the skills necessary to achieve their goals.  Students who have not found success in a traditional school setting find success through supportive relationships and a sense of community they have often not found in the past.  We celebrate those things that make us unique and make connections that bring us together.

WEST Academy is a fully accredited high school, not a GED program.  Students attend classes daily, following a regular schedule.  One difference from most traditional schools is that WEST Academy uses three grading terms, or trimesters, per year.  Due to the design of the schedule and the classes, students earn semester credits for classes each trimester.  This allows students who are credit deficient to catch up and achieve their expected graduation date.  

Course Descriptions

WEST Academy Course Descriptions


WEST Academy Calendar (2023 - 2024)

Daily Schedules

WEST Academy Schedules (2023 - 2024)