Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

                  from Family Members

Selection for enrollment into WSD programs is based on an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) developed for each offender by the school principal or school counselor. The ITP lists the educational services recommended for each offender. If enrollment is recommended by the ITP, priority is based on the offender’s age, program availability, and projected release date. Students will be contacted by the principal or counselor for school services.
All offenders 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.

Offenders 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 an offender before we can discuss their records or status for enrollment.

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - 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..."

Success Story IconNEW - Education taught me... - "Education taught me how to think and analyze problems, which helps me daily in my current employment."

Success Story IconPolunsky Unit Success Story -
"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

Success Story IconCognitive Intervention Success Story -
"I graduated from Cognitive Intervention and the course has had a major impact on me and my behavior".

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Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.

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