All Westview boys attend Hollis Public Schools. The Westview staff finds that participation in a public school helps develop the necessary social skills for a young man to be successful in his world. Boys who experience difficulties in school are provided tutoring both at school and by Westview staff. Boys who are eligible are encouraged to participate in Upward Bound, a college preparatory program. Upon graduation, boys are encouraged and assisted to continue their education in the military, trade school, or college.
Westview has each of its young men participate in the evidence-based Acellus program to help improve their reading and math skills. Additional assistance is provided to young men with unique needs or IEP’s.
One of our primary goals for each boy is to see him graduate. Some boys do not think they will ever make it through high school when they come to Westview. Yet through the guidance, support, and encouragement they receive from Westview’s staff, and from the faculty at Hollis’ schools, they are able to accomplish things that they once thought to be impossible. We want our boys’ high school experience to be a fulfilling one that will lay a foundation for their future.
When their senior year comes around, the boys are very busy. Class rings, senior pictures, graduation announcements, are all part of a normal senior year. Above this, most young people start looking to their future with a more closely defined vision of what they want.
When one of our boys graduates from high school, our dreams for him have just begun. We work to help our boys establish firm footing for their future. For some, college is the answer, and we help them get the financial support they need to be able to attend college. For other boys, college is not an option at this time, so if they choose to go to a trade school, Job Corps, or join the military, we seek to help them in these endeavors.
The Hollis school system has an outstanding history of athletic success. There are both Junior High and High School team sport opportunities in football, track, basketball, baseball, and weightlifting. We encourage all of our boys who are interested or gifted to participate in these programs. In recent years, our boys have had opportunities to participate in competitions at the local, district and state level. Some boys have played on state championship teams.
Since Oklahoma is a “No Pass – No Play” state, boys must maintain passing grades to take part in these activities. This can serve as a powerful motivator for some young men. Through their involvement in school athletics, boys learn tremendous lessons in team work, self-discipline, commitment, and the importance of maintaining good grades in school.
Other extracurricular activities
Athletics is just one of many extracurricular activities available to our boys through the schools. Many are involved in Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, and 4-H. Many young men proudly participate in band or chorus. Other boys participate in speech, drama, and debate teams. These activities allow the exploration of individual interests and giftedness, develop useful life skills, teach self discipline, and build self confidence through competence and success. Through their participation in these activities, they receive awards of medals, ribbons and trophies.
Westview is very proud of our young men and their accomplishments in these areas. We are glad to partner with the Hollis Public School system in order to make such opportunities available to our boys.