Lakeland Star School Academy opens this fall


The Lakeland Star School Academy will open this fall to all types of learners, especially students with the autism spectrum.

To help these students succeed, the academy is designed to meet many diverse needs. With smaller classrooms, sensory rooms and even art therapy. The goal is to give spectrum students the opportunity to succeed in an environment that suits them.

In creating the new charter school, district administrator and principal of Lakeland Union High School, James Bouche explained that they had looked for what could help the most.

“How do we harness their strengths? The most important thing we look at is harness the strengths of students so that they can have productive lives across the board,” Bouche said.

The academy will work with students in Grades 7 to 12, and so far 22 students are already enrolled.

The head teacher and principal of the new school said lesson plans will focus on the transition. “It’s focused on the transition by providing a lot of different opportunities that aren’t traditional if you use therapy and canine therapy. It all comes down to giving parents a choice,” said Eric Mikoleit.

Bouche and Mikoleit believe the school will benefit students, the community, and even the state as a whole. They hope to inspire other schools in Wisconsin to do the same.


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