* All-Day/Every-Day kindergarten offers traditional curriculum enhanced with activity/exploratory stations, physical education, music, library, art, and recess.
* Small class sizes and an environment that fosters good teacher-student relationships and allows for individualized attention to students. Due to small class sizes, there is an opportunity for all students to participate in activities too. This allows children to mix with other community members, connecting with long-lasting friendships. Teachers and staff are kind and caring so kids feel protected and safe as they learn. Safe and convenient bus transportation is provided.
* Strong focus on academics at all grade levels proven by student scores on state tests that are consistently at or above state average; ACT scores are consistently at or above national and state averages; graduates qualify for colleges of their choice. Elementary and middle school systems help prepare students for high school and beyond.
* Excellent music program including annual elementary musicals. Middle and high school students can continue in music, through band, choir, jazz and pep band, marching band, and individual band lessons. Top honors won by large groups, ensembles, and soloists.
* A strong Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program offering school-year and summer activities that are fun and educational, and services such as early childhood screening, parent and child activities, parenting information, and new baby welcome packets.
* Preschool for 3 to 5-year-olds located at Humphrey Elementary in Waverly and at Winsted Elementary; educational, nurturing, and fun. Curriculum with a focused approach on learning, and a strong emphasis on literacy skills. Transportation provided; limited scholarships available.
* School Age Care (SAC) available for students grades K-6 on school and non-school days located at Humphrey Elementary (a.m. & p.m.) and Winsted Elementary (p.m. only) schools; provides homework assistance, fun activities, and is convenient for busy families. Transportation available to and from all schools in our district.
* Community Education-activities, education, recreation and special events for birth-5, youth k-12, and adults.
* Adult Volunteer Program-parents and community members volunteer in the classroom, help with school activities, and work on projects in their homes.
* Strong Middle School, grades 5-8, that provides a supportive transitional environment in which students can achieve their full potential through a variety of exploratory opportunities. Also, an enriching advisory program to meet student's needs. Two computer labs and Smartboard technology used in many classrooms.
* Strong foundation of high school courses in math, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, technology, and healthy living, complemented by a wide array of electives such as EMT-First Responder, where students can earn First Responder Certification; CSI: Classroom (forensic science); Animal Science; Floriculture; Desktop Publishing; Pottery; Spanish; Music-choir and band; and many more. Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and College In the School math and agriculture classes are available in the high school, as well as tech college credit courses which are available through our partnership with Wright Tech Center.
* Involved, caring parents and community - school events well attended by parents, grandparents, and friends; Parent Advisory Committees, traveling sports teams, field trips, Laker Pride, District Curriculum Advisory Committee, etc. - many opportunities for parents and community members to be involved and to support students.
* Special activities to expand student interests and experiences such as Student Councils, after-school activities, English Learners, special programs to assist and encourage healthy students, sixth grade Deep Portage outdoor experience, fourth grade Fishing Expo, and many others.
* High school offers a nationally recognized FFA program that includes consistent state and national award winners. HLWW FFA was named the Premier Chapter of Minnesota in 2007. 2010 addition of a greenhouse to the FFA program and farm to school grant recipient.
* An alternative learning program (ALP) was formed for students in grades 9-12 to help them reach graduation standards and achieve credits using an on-line curriculum.
* Boys' and girls' sports teams that encourage participation and achieve success. Middle school sports that focus on fundamentals and skill-building; high school athletics include baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf, track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, football, cross country, and softball. There is an opportunity for all kids to participate.
* High school extracurricular activities that meet a wide range of interests, including Knowledge Bowl; Student Council; National Honor Society Chapter; Drama; Yearbook Committee; Letter Club, etc. Outstanding Drama Department; annual musical production; frequent state honor-winners in One Act Competition including highest honors.
* Generous, supportive community that awarded nearly $32,000 (2013) in local scholarships to graduating HLWW seniors each year.
* Our schools have financial strength to further improve the learning environment. New and remodeled facilities greeted families beginning in the fall of 2007 and the spring of 2008, as we moved into a new 9-12 high school and remodeled elementary schools. In the fall of 2009, through much community support, the local levy was renewed for a period of 10 years.