Selection for enrollment into WSD programs is based on an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) developed for each resident by the school principal or school counselor. The ITP lists the educational services recommended for each resident. If enrollment is recommended by the ITP, priority is based on the resident's age, program availability, and projected release date. Residents will be contacted by the Principal or Counselor for school services.
All residents are encouraged to ask questions when they attend the Unit Classification Committee where programs are discussed.
The WSD offers English and a Second Language class or ESL. Enrollment is based on the ITP.
Residents are transferred for school enrollment but not often. All transfers are coordinated via the school Counselor and are only requested for some programs. The WSD does not request transfers for enrollment in the GED program, CHANGES (pre-release) or the Cognitive Intervention Program. The TDCJ makes the final determination of all transfer decisions.
Because our students are adults, we need their permission to speak to anyone regarding their educational information. We must have written consent from a student before we can discuss their records or status for enrollment.
NEW - Learning equals possibilities - "Being incarcerated since I was young, I have had my share of trials and struggles. But knowing every morning that I may..."
NEW - I had given up on myself - "I could barely read or write and didn’t even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself..."
Polunsky Unit Success Story -
"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."
NEW - I learned a great deal - "I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. Painting and Decorating is something I always wanted to do and learn."